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By (author): Eric Walters
9781459801677 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Art Toronto Apr 01, 2013
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.32 in 136 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
 
CCBC Best Books starred selection 2013, Commended
Oswald takes on the city and the mayor in a fight to save the heart of the community.

The city is cracking down on graffiti and guerilla art. Between that and cutbacks to the local art gallery it seems like nothing is safe. But Oswald, masquerading as a graffiti artist known as The Wiz, is fighting back—by painting elaborate murals in public places and planting art in the galleries, and then by taking on the mayor himself. As the fight escalates and the stakes become higher, Oswald gets in deeper than he meant to and needs to rely on his friends to get him out of his latest mess.

Eric Walters began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. A Member of the Order of Canada, he has now published more than 100 novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

"Combines everyday, likeable characters in a contemporary setting with a fast-paced mystery. Despite the novel's brevity, Walters succeeds in creating believable characters with whom readers can readily identify. In addition to these winning elements, Walters includes engaging discussions on art history, what people consider art, and freedom of expression...Great food for thought!...Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"A quick, light read; heavy on dialogue and action to keep the reader moving and the reluctant reader hooked." - Resource Links

"Inspired by the experiences of areal Toronto tagger who tacks on a testimonial of his own, Walters' tale makes a refreshing change of pace from the sports- or personal-crisis-driven stories often aimed at unenthusiastic or less able older readers." - Booklist

"The issues discussed are relevant to today’s teens...This novel fills a need for diverse high school readers." - Library Media Connection

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