Breaking Faith

Breaking Faith


By E. Graziani


I chase the dragon again. The white curly smoke drifts around me. The animal in my gut leaves me for a while, and I touch peace…

Faith Emily Hansen just wants to be loved and to live without the weight of addiction. But the lure of drugs is strong. The relief that she gets from being wrapped up in the cozy little cotton ball of heroin is impossible to ignore.

Faith’s story starts in her earliest days, before drugs, before her family falls apart. Before her mother leaves. Before her sister betrays her, taking away Faith’s last connection to home. She eventually becomes consumed by the need to “chase the dragon” – the heroin addiction that seems to keep the Darkness at bay, but leads her to live on the street. The determination to find love and comfort that lures Faith to drugs is ultimately the same stubborn force that can drive her to recover.

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About the Author

E. Graziani is a teacher/librarian, author, and speaker. She is the author of War in My Town—one of the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens and finalist in the Hamilton Arts Council 2016 Literary Awards for Best Non-Fiction—as well as two young adult novels Alice of the Rocks and Alice–Angel of Time, and a novella Jess Under Pressure. She incorporates strong female characters into her writing to inspire her readers and regularly speaks to young people about her books and the publishing process. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and four daughters.

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Product Information

  • Release: March 14, 2017

  • $12.95 Paperback

  • 272 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.25

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 13-18 / Grades 9-12

  • ISBN: 9781772600247


  • Character Education
    > Strong Female Characters

  • Health & Phys Ed
    > Drug Abuse
    > Mental Health


Awards for Breaking Faith

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens - Fall 2017

  • In the Margins Book Award 2018 Recommended Fiction List

Praise for Breaking Faith

“Told in Faith's tortured voice, this novel traces the path of despair as she loses everything that a growing young woman needs to survive and thrive.... Graziani's heartrending novel is a gritty, realistic voyage through a teen's path of despair and the all-too-tempting panacea of self-medication through drugs, which soon destroys those who would 'chase the dragon.' Many older teens will connect with this believable portrait of a teen experience with homelessness and addiction.” - School Library Journal

"At first glance, Breaking Faith is a highly captivating novel for teens; however, it's also subtly educational...  Thought provoking and genuine, it highlights how just loving and nurturing someone can be a life-saving act." - Canadian Children's Book News

Breaking Faith is an unflinching look at mental illness and addiction. The events of Faith’s life are heartbreaking, the more so for being completely believable. The themes of mental illness, drug addiction, and life on the street as a runaway are explored in realistic detail.” - VOYA

“A gripping read that will impact even the most jaded teenager.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Breaking Faith is a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.... E. Graziani provides a deep look into a life we need to witness so that we might walk with the Faiths of this world before we need to pull them up and rescue them or worse." - CanLit for Little Canadians