Orca Book Publishers

Browse by Category


Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 112
Themes: Family, forgiveness
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2010
Fry Reading Level: 4.3
Bookmark and Share
After Emily's aunt dies, Emily learns that everything she has always believed is a lie, and her world crumbles. Forced to face the fact that her mother is not who she thought she was, Emily tries to find the truth about her past and make sense of her future. Turning to graffiti and vandalism as a way to deal with her anger, she comes to realize that there is more to a family than shared DNA.

Also available in Spanish.

CM Magazine
"Employs the first-person, present-tense narrative to good effect. Recommended."
Resource Links
"Harvey has written a fast-paced and interesting novel."
KLIATT
"The interest level is high and the reading level is easier than many books written for the intended audience, so it's a good choice for reluctant readers."
TeensReadToo.com
"Very good and an easy read...I recommend it."
The Horn Book Guide
"With short chapters geared toward reluctant teen readers, this fast-paced text offers unflinching coverage of hot-button topics such as suicide and teen pregnancy."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"This contemporary theme in less than 100 pages with eye catching cover art will appeal to teenage reluctant readers."

Awards

CCBC Best Books starred selection  | 2008 | Commended
PSLA Top Forty  | 2007 | Commended
YALSA Quick Picks  | 2008 | Long-listed

Resources for Teachers:

Orca Book Publishers produces a number of tools and resources to help teachers, librarians, reading specialists and other education professionals enrich the teaching and learning experience.

Please visit our Teacher Resources page to access and download materials.

Classroom Materials:

Free Teacher Guides

Digital Subscriptions

Resource Websites

Research and Support Materials:

Common Core

Reading Levels