Dixon Carter wants to share his life manifesto. Don't worry — there won't be any violence. Dixon doesn't believe in violence. But Dixon is seeing things differently. He has gone off
Dixon Carter wants to share his life manifesto. Don't worry — there won't be any violence. Dixon doesn't believe in violence. But Dixon is seeing things differently. He has gone off his meds — the drugs deaden him to the world. He is writing a daily journal from the point he stopped the meds.
There are times he is angry with the world and everyone in it. But then there are the times where he can see all the beauty, just like the Romantic poets. His girlfriend Sylvia and best friend Zeke are trying to help him on his journey.
But when the real world throws a tragic event in Dixon's path his struggles to save himself become darker and much more difficult and dangerous.
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words are spare, vivid, and very accessible for teenage readers. He is the author of many novels for young adult readers including Random, Book of Michael, Dumb Luck, The End of the World as We Know It, and Living Outside the Lines. He lives in Nova Scotia.
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"The style and tone of this novel will draw readers in, as the main character directly addresses the reader on and off throughout the novel. This novel deals with some heavy topics gracefully and in a short amount of time. It is a good read for high school reluctant readers."
— VOYA Magazine
"While writing this review, it occurred to me that the novel Into the Wasteland is a bit like the tardis from Doctor Who: its size is small, but once inside its cover, readers will find a multi-dimensional world. Lesley Choyce, the author, covers a lot of territory and some heavy subject matter. . . Many thanks to Lesley Choyce for creating a novel that provides a relatable character for them and their friends, because, as Zeke says, "We're all connected. We just don't see it."
— CM Magazine
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The 2017 Atlantic Book Awards' Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature nominee