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

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Orca Soundings
Zee's Way
By (author): Kristin Butcher
9781551432793 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 / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism North America Apr 01, 2004
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.3 in 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
 
Chocolate Lily 2006, Winner
Zee is torn between making a statement and making art.

Zee and his friends are angry that their old haunt has been replaced by stores that are off-limits to them and storekeepers who treat them with distrust. To let the merchants know what he and his friends think, Zee paints graffiti on the wall of the hardware store. After the wall is repainted, Zee decides to repeat the vandalism, but this time with more artistic flair. A store owner catches him in the act and threatens to call the police--unless Zee agrees to repair the damage.

Also available in Spanish.

Kristin Butcher is the author of several books for young readers, including The Trouble with Liberty and The Hemingway Tradition in the Orca Soundings collection. Kristin lives in Campbell River, British Columbia.

“Butcher is a skillful writer who manages, in the space of 104 pages and with a vocabulary geared to a 3.2 reading level, to render a believable main character...Many young readers, but especially boys, will relate to the injustice of the adults’ attitudes and actions towards Zee and his friends.” - CM Magazine

"Speaks to the pitfalls of miscommunication and assumptions but also to the power of second chances...this story may resonate with teenagers who feel they are unfairly judged based on their appearance." - Resource Links

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