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Orca Soundings
Thicker Than Water
By (author): Natasha Deen
9781459821989 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 / Mysteries & Detective Stories Jan 29, 2019
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.31 in 144 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C103567 Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
Zack does not want to believe what he saw.

Zack Bernard has a thing for crime shows, especially the forensic-investigation kind. So when his friend Ella goes missing, Zack can't help piecing together what he thinks is concrete evidence that could lead to her whereabouts. The problem is, it's all pointing toward his dad. He knows his dad is lying about not having seen Ella because Zack saw them together at the mall the day she disappeared. What he doesn't know is why. With the help of his friend Ayo, Zack tries to solve the mystery himself to avoid having to make the ter-rible choice between losing someone close to him and betraying his family.

Award-winning author Natasha Deen loves stories: exciting ones, scary ones and, especially, funny ones! As a kid of two countries (Guyana and Canada), she feels especially lucky because she gets a double dose of stories. When she's not working on her books or visiting schools, she spends a lot of time trying to convince her dogs and cats that she's the boss of the house.For more information, visit and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @natasha_deen.

Key Selling Points

Certain his dad is responsible for his friend's disappearance, a young man struggles with where his loyalties lay.

Themes include family loyalty and struggling to do the right thing.

Natasha's writing is cheeky, the focus is on Zack's obsession with trying and failing to make the situation a procedural drama.

Orca Soundings are written in accessible language for teens who are struggling or undiscovered readers.

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"Readers will definitely keep turning the pages…For reluctant readers with a taste for crime, this title should scratch the itch." - Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will be enticed by the edgy theme and compelling story…multidimensional characters and briskly paced plot." - School Library Journal

"Action in Thicker Than Water will keep readers engaged. The moral pitfalls will present good discussion opportunities." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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