Imprint:Penguin Teen Canada
Audience:Young Adult : Age (years) 12, Grade (US) 7
Dimensions:8.56in x 5.81 x 1.06 in | 0.93 lb
Page Count:312 pages
AUTHENTIC VOICE: H.N. Khan writes authentically about being a teen in Regent Park.
BASKETBALL STRONG THEME: Basketball is hugely popular in the US, and in Canada, too!
STAND-OUT SETTING: While Toronto readers will appreciate the setting of Regent Park, literally across the street from Cabbagetown, the setting is less about the specifics and more about the reality of a less-advantaged neighborhood side by side with an affluent one, and how this can impact one’s sense of self.
DELICIOUS FOOD REFERENCES: Who doesn’t love reading about food?
COMPELLING STORY: Fawad’s journey, against a backdrop of gang violence, will keep readers turning the pages.
STRONG TEACHER AND LIBRARIAN APPEAL: Always on the lookout for diverse voices, as well as books that will interest boys, this book will make an excellent addition to the school classroom and library.
One of CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2022)
". . . Wrong Side of the Court is finely crafted and well paced, it's hard to believe it's [Khan's] literary debut. . . . The writing is crisp and visual, and the story is so well fleshed out." —STARRED REVIEW, Quill & Quire
"An interesting and heartfelt portrait of a teen yearning to beat the odds." —Kirkus Reviews
"I loved the vivid portrayal of Regent park, the nuanced depiction of intergenerational tension, and the rich representation of diversity. And the complex portrayal of male friendships! These young men trash talk and nurture each other as they try to survive their environment with their dreams — and their lives — intact." —Toronto Public Library
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