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Fiction Ages 10-14
Pages: 128
Themes: Internet, fortune-telling, honesty
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/10/2012
Fry Reading Level: 2.9
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Owen has a crush on Kamryn. Kamryn has a crush on Owen's brother Kyle. Owen knows extreme action is necessary to make sure Kamryn does not end up dating his brother, a jerk who manipulates every situation to get what he wants. So what does Owen do? He manipulates the situation. With the help of his friend Hannah, Owen sets up a blog called The Oracle that gives out relationship advice to local teens. Everything seems to be going great. Hannah and Owen are having fun, and Kamryn seems to be following The Oracle's advice and taking an interest in Owen. Owen thinks he's got it made, but he soon discovers that fraudulent tactics have their consequences.

VOYA - February 1, 2013
"A complete and engaging story...The book does not spell everything out, and only hints at a future for the characters; it makes readers use their brain in a fun way. [Orca Currents] are smart books that will hold the interest of reluctant middle school readers and would be a good purchase for all libraries."
Booklist Online - October 31, 2012
"Van Tol writes with just enough attitude to make it sing, and [her] characters—except for the cruel Kamryn—are sympathetically drawn."
Resource Links - October 1, 2012
"This well-written, fast paced story has an engaging storyline and characters...Owen's creativity and originality are delightful...This Orca Currents [title] has it all—a likeable protagonist, an intriguing storyline and a plausible plot...Highly recommended."
CM Magazine - September 28, 2012
"A warm, sensitive look at the difficult relationships that our youth must face as they grow into adulthood...Teens will identify with the characters that have been portrayed here. I have no doubt Oracle will be a popular read. Highly Recommended."

Awards

YALSA Quick Picks nominee  | 2014 | Short-listed
CCBC Best Books  | 2013 | Commended

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