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Dana met Brent and Ashley when she first arrived in town, a scared runaway with nowhere to go. The three of them are like family: they take care of each other; they share the money they beg, borrow, and steal; and they protect each other from the more ruthless street people they come upon. Still, life is lived day-to-day. It's hard to think about tomorrow when you've got no money, no food, and no place to live. And as for the past ... well, that's what they ran away from. It's what all of them--and especially Dana--are trying hard to forget.

Eric Walters's new novel is a gritty, gripping tale of street kids, an unblinking portrait of what it means to live on the streets and, more importantly, what it takes to find the way off.

Publisher: Toronto : Puffin Canada, c2007.
ISBN: 9780143053347
Characteristics: 226 pages ;,21 cm.


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Jul 16, 2016

This book was beautifully well written, with a fair amount of friendship and love, but also a great amount of sadness and past. When Dana first goes to sketches, it is a life changing event for her, and it helps her get herself off her feet. This is a fantastic book!

Mar 30, 2014

“Sketches” follows young Dana, a girl who ran away from her home and ends up living on the streets. She and her two new friends, Brent and Ashley, must survive on their own without anyone to help them. When Dana discovers an art program for homeless teens, all seems fine, until her past quickly comes back to haunt her.
This novel will pleasantly kill a few hours of your time. While it is not bad, it is also not anything earth-shattering. The characters are likeable, the plot is alright, and the setting is gritty and real. However, “Sketches” does follow the outline for almost every other book that Eric Walters has written. There is a young teen that has had something awful happen in their past, they do something drastic (like run away), family is very important, and then an abrupt, happy and somewhat unrealistic ending occurs. While “Sketches” is a good novel and an interesting read, it is like reading most of Walters’ other novels.
The author of this review recommends “Sketches” for students that are ten and up. There are no real scary bits, and swear words are limited. This novel wouldn’t be a good ‘book talk’ or essay book, as there are no hidden meanings. No ‘reading between the lines’ is needed to understand “Sketches”, as everything is eventually explained. Overall, the author of this review probably wouldn’t leap to this book when asked to suggest a novel, but “Sketches” is an okay read.

THEGABEr Jul 31, 2012

This book was really good because i could relate to some of the feelings in that book and it helps you realize some of the things you might have done would have been harder than expected.

May 24, 2012

Awesome book!!!!!:)
I love it how its based on a real art drop in center were homeless people go and express their feelings

Jan 11, 2011

What is this book about?

Jul 17, 2010

best eric walters book ever

Nov 25, 2008

Very good book about struggles of poverty today.

meghan Jul 16, 2008

A very informative book about the everyday struggles of homeless youth today

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Feb 24, 2012

I want to see if this is what the story is about,I have not read it before and I am just guessing. :)

Sketches is about a boy who is homeless and goes to a free art lesson over a period of several week's and learns that he is very talented at sketching.The moral of the story is that, poverty is every were but it is possible to climb the dirt and grime and learn to have a better life. LOL I'm going to actually read the book now and see if there is ANY resemblance to what I just wrote


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Jul 12, 2011

A really interesting novel for those who wonder what it's like to live on the streets.


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