|Year of Publication||2007|
|Publisher||Orca Book Publishers|
Chris, the first-person narrator of I.D., is a low-income high school student living in Halifax. His mother and stepfather fight constantly, and he often acts out at school to help him forget his problems. One day, however, Chris finds a wallet belonging to someone named Andrew Kirk Ashbury. He attempts to return the wallet, but cannot find Ashbury. Chris’ frustrations build and culminate in a rejection from Alexa Doucette, the wealthy classmate he invites to the school dance. Finally Chris decides to use Andrew Ashbury’s money and ID to take on a new life. I.D. is a short realistic fiction novel, suitable for teens who are reluctant readers. Themes include poverty, self-identity, honesty, and respect.
I couldn’t do it. I’m no squeegee kid. I’ve got more self-respect than that.
I couldn’t stop now. I needed to make something out of my life. The bank card was my only hope.
What difference did it make anyway? It was too late to turn back now. If there was a camera on the ATM, it would have already taken my picture.
I just had to go for it.
I punched in 2-5-8-7-9.
The ATM beeped right away. The screen said Deposit? Withdrawal? Account Balance?
I started shaking. I was happy. I was proud. I was doing it. I was taking charge of my life.