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Orca Soundings
The Bodyguard
By (author): Sean Rodman
9781459822016 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 / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance Jan 29, 2019
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.31 in 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
 
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
Everyone knows Ryan is destined for greatness. Except Ryan.

Ryan Hale, aka Replay, is the most successful running ?back in his high school's history. With university scouts making him offers he can't refuse, his future seems set. The problem is, Ryan would much rather go to film school. But his dad doesn't want to hear it. His teammates sure don't. He can't afford the application fees anyway. But then a solution appears when Markus, a strange exchange student with outrageous stories about mobsters and hackers, offers to pay Ryan to be his bodyguard. Things get complicated when Ryan realizes the stories may be closer to the truth than anyone imagined.

Sean Rodman is the child of two anthropologists, who gave him a keen eye for observation and a bad case of wanderlust. His interest in writing for teenagers came out of working at schools around the world, including the Snowy Mountains of Australia, where he taught ancient history to future Olympic athletes. When not working on his own books, Sean works with The Story Studio, a charity that is dedicated to getting kids excited about writing. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit srodman.com.

Key Selling Points

A young football player becomes a bodyguard for a mysterious new classmate in order to pay for film school.

Themes include forging your own path, out of your comfort zone, and organized crime.    

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

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"The accessible writing and occasional humor will keep readers engaged." - Kirkus Reviews

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

"The Bodyguard is quickly paced with interesting plot turns. Ryan's character is one that is nice to see unfold." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"There is suspense, teen interests, and family drama in a quick-read format: formula for success. Excellent." - Resource Links

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