Skank by Teresa McWhirter
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Ever since Ariel's mom has been too sick to work they've been moving to progressively lower-income neighborhoods. Then they seem to hit rock bottom—Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Canada's poorest postal code. Here Ariel gets on the wrong side of a gang of tough girls at school after receiving unwanted attention from their boyfriends. Now she's stuck with a reputation and a label she doesn't know how to deal with.

About Teresa McWhirter

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Teresa McWhirter grew up in Kimberley, in the East Kootenays of interior BC. She received a BA with a double major in English and Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. After extensive travel across the Canada and the US, her first novel, 'Some Girls Do', was published by Raincoast/Polestar books (2002). Following an assortment of jobs, including teaching English in Korea, driving an ice cream truck, and scaring children at a haunted house, she published the novel 'Dirtbags' (Anvil Press, 2007) and the young adult novel 'Skank' (Lorimer, 2011). During the past few years Teresa has toured Europe and North America with punk rock bands, gathering material for 'Five Little Bitches'. She lives in East Vancouver.
Published September 1, 2011 by James Lorimer. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult. Fiction

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