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Orca Soundings through March 2020: Contemporary, compelling stories for teens

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Orca Soundings
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By (author): Norah McClintock
9781551436548 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 / Law & Crime North America Mar 01, 2007
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.3 in 112 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
 
YALSA Quick Picks 2008, Long-listed Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2007, Commended CCBC Best Books 2008, Commended
A robbery goes terribly wrong.

Quentin and JD have been friends forever. Even after JD gets in trouble Quentin stands by him. Hanging out together Quentin learns JD has a gun and when they are caught in a robbery JD uses the gun—with deadly results. Trying to cover up the crime and escape detection, Quentin gets in even deeper than he expected and learns that the only person he can trust is himself. Especially when his freedom—and his future—is at stake.

Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.

"Fast-paced...narration style makes it easier to cover longer amounts of time in a shorter space. Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Maintains the perfect balance of good story, age-appropriate conflict, good writing [with] a controlled vocabulary and style." - Resource Links

"A powerful book...[that will] meet some important needs." - Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books

"A great coming of age novel...It speaks volumes to teens about the destructiveness of drug use, anger, and idleness, while directly showing that there are always consequences for our actions. And, while the novel has wonderful themes for exploration, it also has an extremely engaging format. McClintock did a superb job creating the voice for Quentin, who narrates his story just like teenagers speak today...[It's] a wonderful format to engross the reader, and I absolutely love it. There is just enough mystery to peak interest, while not overwhelming or confusing the reader. I recommend this for all age groups, but especially reluctant readers. I strongly believe that this novel, along with other Orca Soundings books, will push reluctant readers to progressively read more, and build their way to higher reading levels." - Bookvacations.wordpress.com

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