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Fast Slide
By author: Melanie Jackson
Selling Points: "mystery, water parks, friendship"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2010
Lexile Level: HL510L
Fry Reading Level: 3.8
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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She glanced around the park yet again. This time her gaze came to rest on Judd, at the top of the Boa. She turned to walk away—but not before I saw the glint of fear in her eyes.

Clay would much rather work as a lifeguard at the beach than at Safari Splash, the new water park in town. He's certain the summer will drag along, despite his position at the Boa, the park's fastest slide. The summer job starts to get interesting when he learns that someone has been wandering the park in a lynx costume, scaring the staff. When forty thousand dollars is stolen from the till, and his friends are under suspicion for the theft, boring is starting to look good. But Clay is certain that the mask and the thefts are connected, and he's determined to solve the crime.

Resource Links - October 1, 2010
"A delightful mystery that offers readers sympathetic characters that are relatable and realistic...This story will thrill its readers with its twists and unexpected ending."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2010


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