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  • An African Alphabet
  • Wolf Island

By author: Sean Rodman
Selling Points: Risk-taking, responsibility, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2011
Lexile Level: HL570L
Fry Reading Level: 2.5
Pages: 144
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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I don't recommend breaking and entering on your first date. But it's just fine for your third.

Bex has explored almost every abandoned building and tunnel in the city. He's into "urban exploration"—going where he's not supposed to go. Bex has always done it just for fun and bragging rights, taking nothing but pictures and leaving nothing but footprints. But that changes when a new kid arrives at school. Kieran is edgy, dangerous and into urban exploration as well. Together, they start pushing each other to radical extremes. When Kieran pitches a plan that involves taking more than just pictures, Bex has a decision to make. Where will he draw the line, and how far will he follow Kieran?
The Horn Book Guide - May 1, 2012
"Tight, concise writing, along with a fast-moving plot, makes this a good choice for struggling and reluctant readers."
School Library Journal - March 1, 2012
"Reluctant readers...will appreciate the authentic dialogue, and fast-paced ending."
Library Media Connection - January 1, 2012
"This short novel will appeal to reluctant readers with its fast pace and adventurous scenarios...The non-specific location will allow the reader to fill in the landscape, and helps draw the reader further into Bex's exploits."
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review - December 27, 2011
"An adventure story with a very small bit of romance sprinkled in. The main characters seemed realistic, likable and easy for teens to relate to. The sentences are short and the vocabulary was fairly simple; good for the struggling reader." - November 1, 2011
"The book is fast-paced and does capture the attention of the reader and hold onto it until the end."
Booklist - October 15, 2011
"A fast-paced action-adventure story. It will appeal especially to teens who read below level, though the page-turning suspense it generates and the fascinating hook of urban-exploration should grab any reader."
Resource Links - October 1, 2011
"Will hook reluctant, male, teen readers as a gripping, high energy, high risk adventure story...An excellent recreational reading choice, and a great addition to literature study groups."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2011
Junior Library Guild Selection, commended  US  2011
TriState YA Review Group Book of Note, commended  US  2012


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Teen fiction for
reluctant readers

Key Features:
Short, high-interest novels
Contemporary stories
Compelling characters
Linear plots
Ideal for Lit Circles
Ideal for Independent Reading

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