Fifteen and Change
Zeke would love to be invisible. His mother is struggling to make ends meet and stuck with a no-good boyfriend. Zeke knows he and his mom will be stuck forever if he doesn't find some money fast. When Zeke starts working at a local pizza place, he meets labor activists who want to give him a voice, and the living wage he deserves for his work. Zeke has to decide between living the quiet life he's carved for himself and raising his voice for justice.
* Reviews *
"Page-long free-verse poems evocatively describe Zeke's experiences and quickly propel the story forward. Readers will easily sympathize with the all-too-true-to-life situations with which the characters are coping. This novel has many appealing aspects that will draw readers in." —Kirkus
"An exceptionally well-written novel by an author who has impressively mastered character- and narrative-driven storytelling, Fifteen and Change is an especially recommended addition to school and community library Contemporary General Fiction collections for young readers." —Midwest Book Review
"This novel in verse has a sense of urgency. Short poems provide readers with snapshots of life in poverty, loneliness in high school, and the unfair treatment of fast food employees by management." —School Library Journal