The day two twelve-year-olds stumble across a secret tunnel is the day they start to save their dads. Pablo is a Dreamer kid whose father is one step away from deportation. When self-assured Mindy begs Pablo to help her distract her dad from taking narcotics, Pablo realizes she too has a father to save.
Can their octogenarian mentor keep them away from the derelict mill, now being used by drug traffickers? Or will the kids become victims in the drug trade when Pablo risks his life to sabotage a black market operation?
Never Less is a timely and empowering story to help middle graders learn about the complexities of the opioid crisis in an adventurous and relatable way. Young readers will see how they can solve tough grown-up problems by relying on their true friends more and more…never less.
This is not just a story about addiction, but a story about two teens who care so much about their fathers that they are willing to do anything to keep them safe. Pablo and Mindy are wise beyond their years, and their tenacity and big hearts showcase the importance of family, biological or chosen.” —Lindsay Larris, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, licensed therapist and alcohol and drug counselor