Take The Stairs

Take The Stairs


By Karen Krossing


Hidden and intimate stories of the struggles faced by the teens of 64 Wilnut Street.

64 Wilnut Street: a fifteen-storey brick building butted against a pocket of comfortable houses, some of which have pools and three-car garages.

Two teenagers slouch outside the front door, the lock broken again. A shopping cart lies abandoned in the lobby. The halls hang heavily with the smell of roach spray and a rivalry of last night's dinners. And behind each tightly locked apartment door lie the hidden stories and unspoken dreams of the people who live there.

Against the backdrop of this inner-city building, thirteen teenagers labor to overcome the challenges in their lives. There is David, who tries to talk to his father's ghost; and Jennifer, who flirts with men she does not want; Asim, who faces hatred directed against his Muslim family; and Allie, who spends the night on suicide watch over her depressed mother. These intimate stories reveal the troubled encounters and secret hopes of the teens who live in "The Building" as they struggle to turn obstacles into opportunities and make their way in the larger world.

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About the Author

Karen Krossing’s first novel for teens, Take the Stairs, has been shortlisted for the 2005 Ontario Library Association’s White Pine Award. Karen was a book editor and technical writer before she began writing fiction. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters.

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Product Information

  • Release: October 22, 2003

  • $9.95 Paperback

  • 184 Pages

  • 5.5 x 7.75

  • Teen Fiction

  • Ages 13-18 / Grades 9-12

  • Guided Reading: Z+

  • ISBN: 9781896764764


  • Character Education
    > Bullying
    > Empathy

  • Language Arts
    > Short Stories


  • 2005 White Pine Award Finalist - Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading