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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 112
Themes: Crimes, suspicion
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/03/2007
Lexile Level: 620
Fry Reading Level: 3.0
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Quentin and JD have been friends forever. Even after JD gets in trouble Quentin stands by him. Hanging out together Quentin learns JD has a gun and when they are caught in a robbery JD uses the gun—with deadly results. Trying to cover up the crime and escape detection, Quentin gets in even deeper than he expected and learns that the only person he can trust is himself. Especially when his freedom—and his future—is at stake.

Bookvacations.wordpress.com - March 16, 2011
"A great coming of age novel...It speaks volumes to teens about the destructiveness of drug use, anger, and idleness, while directly showing that there are always consequences for our actions. And, while the novel has wonderful themes for exploration, it also has an extremely engaging format. McClintock did a superb job creating the voice for Quentin, who narrates his story just like teenagers speak today...[It's] a wonderful format to engross the reader, and I absolutely love it. There is just enough mystery to peak interest, while not overwhelming or confusing the reader. I recommend this for all age groups, but especially reluctant readers. I strongly believe that this novel, along with other Orca Soundings books, will push reluctant readers to progressively read more, and build their way to higher reading levels."
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books - November 1, 2008
"A powerful book...[that will] meet some important needs."
Resource Links - June 1, 2007
"Maintains the perfect balance of good story, age-appropriate conflict, good writing [with] a controlled vocabulary and style."
CM Magazine - April 1, 2007
"Fast-paced...narration style makes it easier to cover longer amounts of time in a shorter space. Recommended."

Awards

YALSA Quick Picks  | 2008 | Long-listed
Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2007 | Commended
CCBC Best Books   | 2008 | Commended

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