Bad deal

Title: Bad deal

Author: Susan J. Korman

IBSN: 9780761361664

Publisher: Darby Creek

Copyright Date: 2011

Genre: Drama

Reading Level: 4th grade

Interest Age: 12 yrs. +

Challenge Issues: This book does deal with drug use.

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Information about author: Susan J. Korman writes for young adults. She writes about issues young adults face. Some of those issues are disorders and drug dealing. She has also written various genres. She has written biographies. Some of these biographies include Sammy Sosa and Sir Walter Raleigh: English explorer and author.

Korman has also written about the transformers movies. She wrote Prime Target and Operation Autobot. She has written about countries as she did in her book Kuwait. She wrote Swordfish Returns and Groundhog at Evergreen Road. The other books she wrote are The Jewel of Seas Cruise and The Ghost of Camp Whispering Pines.

Plot Summary: Fish is a junior at Southside High School. He has ADHD and tells medication for it, but doesn’t not like the medication. Ella Lopez, his crush, tells him that she needs to stay up for a test. He gives Ella his ADHD medication. The next morning, she tells him that she wants more medication and is willing to pay for it. This is how Fish starts selling his ADHD medication to his classmates.

Critical Evaluation: I did not enjoy this book, because it was very simply written. I wish there was more character development. I also wished that the situations are plausible.

Reader’s annotation: A look into the life of drugs and drug usage.

Book talk ideas:  When you think of drugs dealers you think of big drug lords, but what about teenagers? Teenagers are starting to deal over the counter medication. Although in this book, Fish finds out that dealing drugs can soon turn into a bad deal.

Why did you include this book?: Drugs is a concept that most of young teens are interested in. This book covers drugs, drug usage and drug abuse.

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