Weeds and other stories

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Weeds and other stories (Thistledown 2003) — Navigating through a city where coyotes walk at night, crows sometimes give advice and storms can lead you in unexpected directions, the teens in these short stories find their own way while grappling with issues like bullying, peer pressure, teen pregnancy and drug addiction. For ages 12 and up.

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Dan Bar-el, author

A wonderful collection of stories. . . . what struck me was the tension, the low level uneasiness that seems to hum below these stories, the feeling of wildness, lawlessness, danger and menace that exists just below the surface of our urban and supposedly civilized way of living. . . .[The] characters come off sounding real, their actions believable, their moral dilemmas palatable.

Lizzie, age 12

I read this book and was blown away. Jacqueline Pearce connects with the readers so well. Its like you could actually be in one of the stories. She really knows how people feel. This book was amazing. I suggest to everyone: read this book. You will love it as much as I do.

Awards and Recognitions

2004: Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) Our Choice selection

1998: “The Trickster” won first place in 1998 Thistledown Press short story contest

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