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Lunch with Lenin and Other Stories

by Deborah Ellis

Published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008
169 pages
ISBN: 978-1-55455-105-7

Age 13 and older

Deborah Ellis writes candidly about teenagers whose lives have been affected by drugs in this singular collection of short stories. The ten stories cover a range of territory, both geographically and emotionally. From working on an opium farm in Afghanistan to selling crystal meth in the Philippines, and from observing glue sniffers in a Mexican town to purchasing medical marijuana illegally, the teens in these stories may not be drug dealers or drug users but they are still dealing with the profound impact drugs have on their lives or their immediate world. Ellis writes without judgment—rather she invites readers to examine how drugs and alcohol affect individuals, relationships, communities, and society from a variety of vantages.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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