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Riley Park
By author: Diane Tullson
Selling Points: Violence, friendship, grief
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2009
Lexile Level: HL480L
Fry Reading Level: 3.0
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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The steel bar swings again, thudding against Darius's back. Darius makes a whooshing noise, that's all.

Seventeen-year-old Corbin plays hockey and is known as a scrapper on and off the ice. Fighting makes him feel strong. Corbin's friend, Darius, is socially adept and popular, and Darius's reckless risk-taking makes Corbin feel alive. With Rubee, a girl both boys like, Darius crosses a line, and after a party at Riley Park, Darius and Corbin are attacked. Darius is killed; Corbin is seriously injured. Corbin fights his clouded memory—he can't identify the assailants. He fights his weakened body—he can no longer play hockey. He fights the loss of his friend. But when he gives up the fight, he finds strength in acceptance.
School Library Journal - October 1, 2009
"Likable flawed characters drive the plot in this gritty contemporary drama. The fast-paced read feels current and edgy without succumbing to inner-city staging. Riley Park will have both reluctant and struggling readers flipping the pages."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - July 21, 2009
"An intriguing storyline...The story is told in first person by Corbin, pulling the reader into his changed life. The reader feels his doubt and anger. This book will make a good "guy read", especially for reluctant readers."
Booklist - May 1, 2009
"A suspenseful, tightly plotted story that manages, in only 102 pages, to create both a memorable protagonist and a thought-provoking, emotionally involving story."
Resource Links - April 1, 2009
"Good for students who are looking for a quick read."
CM Magazine - March 6, 2009
"Another solid entry in the 'Orca Soundings' series that will appeal to either gender...Recommended."


TriState YA Review Group Book of Note, commended  US  2010
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2010
Junior Library Guild Selection, commended  US  2009


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Ideal for Lit Circles
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