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Fiction Ages 10-14
Pages: 128
Themes: grieving, family, stalkers
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/04/2011
Lexile Level: HL480L
Fry Reading Level: 2.9
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As much as life has irrevocably changed since the death of his father, much has stayed the same for Cam. He's always had a great deal of responsibility around the house, but the burden is heavier now in combination with the load of grief he's been carrying. After the man who was driving the truck that killed his father turns up at the end of the driveway, Cam feels pressure to keep his family safe as well. He starts to see the man everywhere: at his work, in stores, at his sister's school. Cam needs to know what the man wants from his family, and he starts following his father's killer in search of answers.

Washington State Young Adult Review Group - December 1, 2011
"Explored some tough issues, yet did it in a fast-paced way that will appeal to reluctant readers."
Library Media Connection - October 1, 2011
"I found the book a quick but thought-provoking read, the characters believable and the story compelling. I would recommend its purchase both for the library and the classroom."
The Horn Book Guide - September 1, 2011
"Peterson keeps readers engaged from page one of this suspenseful and touching (yet admirably unsentimental) hi-lo book."
Booklist - May 1, 2011
"Compact, dialogue driven writing keeps the atmosphere tense as Cam races toward a confrontation with his father's killer...A resonant, quick read from a reliable reluctant reader series."
CM Magazine - February 18, 2011
"[Peterson] writes accomplished suspense, especially given the limitations placed on high interest-low vocabulary titles. Readers will be hard-pressed to stop at the end of each short chapter, and the author convincingly conveys Cameron's fear and confusion...Characters, even Cameron's deceased father, are complex and multi-dimensional...Peterson's novel should find an audience with suspense fans of all reading levels. Recommended."

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