My Book of Life by Angel

My Book of Life by Angel

Book - 2012
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Winner of the CLA Young Adult Book Award, selected for the CCBC Choices List, selected for the Bankstreet College of Education's Best Children's Books of the Year 2013, and honoured with the Horn Book Fanfare

It starts when Call sees sixteen-year-old Angel stealing shoes at the mall. He just buys her Chinese food at first, but before long Call is supplying her with "candy" and saying he loves her. Angel ends up living with him and walking the Kiddy Stroll in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside -- a neighbourhood with a reputation for being the poorest postal code in the country, with one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. When Angel's best friend Serena goes missing, Angel starts to pay attention to the stories of other girls who have disappeared, and a mysterious Mr. P. who drives a van with tinted windows. But Call tells her she's crazy to worry, and the police turn a blind eye. And Angel remains trapped in her street life.

Then Call brings home another girl. Her name is Melli, and she is just eleven years old, and suddenly Angel realizes what she must do. Save Melli at any cost, and perhaps save herself at the same time.

This is a long-awaited new novel from Governor General's Award nominee and National Book Award finalist Martine Leavitt, who has created an unforgettable protagonist in the feisty and fragile Angel. Through her eyes, and in a haunting, startling verse narrative, we see Angel's life on the street and root for her as she tries to find a way out of violence and despair.

Meticulously researched, this is a beautifully written, harrowing but ultimately redemptive story told with grace, wit, compassion and deep respect for the missing women -- the "Eastside angels" to whom the book is dedicated.

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Groundwood Books, c2012
ISBN: 9781554981175
Branch Call Number: FIC Leavi
Characteristics: 246 p

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lyndalacasse
Nov 27, 2015

yes myself personal came from that kind of life, THank god mine was different on how i started this type of profession.At 13 i left home for a few years me and my only trustworthy frien would steal from store and resell but that is criminal, and the money that the Working Girls didn't even compare. So I decided i was in the wrong business. And started the sex trade... In the 80s in just a few hours i could make $ 2000.00-- $3000.00. But i saw alot of those same cituation that the wriiter is writting about Too..IT SO UNBELEIVABLE TO BE AROUND TOO>

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muffinpopcorn
Aug 31, 2015

Excellent book. Sadly all too true of what the life of a runaway could end up being and the tactics /mind games /drugging that pimps/creeps do to keep them in that life, . Every teen that thinks they have a hard life should read this and realize their life is a cakewalk compared to what it could be. Recommend this book for all teen girls and actually anyone .
And it also makes one think , about how the policeman , the dentist , the doctor, your neighbor that appears so upright and good could be hiding a horrible truth about the exploitation , the abuse , rape of innocent children , and then go home to their loved ones as though they did nothing wrong ! POWERFUL story , very well written .

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evelyn1995
Feb 06, 2015

i'TS A GOOD BOOK.

mmexis Dec 16, 2014

It's unfortunate that this situation is still all too true. Set in Vancouver's lower east side, this book in verse really kept my attention.

november191998 Mar 29, 2014

This book was beautifly written. I love the simplicity in the way the author wrote as it made the main character seem so much more real and vunrable.This book toyed with my emotions and was yet another White Pine book that had me in tears.

Sassy29 Jan 16, 2014

it wasnt what i expected it to be, however i found it quite interesting. it was a little depressing but it had to be to get the point across.

fantasy8dreamer Jan 07, 2014

Compared to others, it was an okay book. I didn't enjoy the way the layout was, but it was interesting to read.

Princealamar Dec 18, 2013

I thought it was well written but I found it very depressing and hard to read for that fact.

13DaysofFrozen Dec 13, 2013

I loved this book. The way it's written is in a poetry layout but it reads just like a book. I found the ending kind of unfinished but other than that it was a great read! Glad I read it. :)

Ranoom Dec 05, 2013

Great book. Interesting style of writing.The ending was confusing, though. Many questions rised up in the last few pages. The characters are also.... Interesting.

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