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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 0
Themes: Gang violence, honesty
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Oct/2013
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When Shawn and Daniel witness a gang beating behind the local mall they flee the scene, terrified that they've been seen. They recognize one of the attackers as a locally infamous gang member. When they learn that the kid who was attacked is in critical condition, Shawn wants to go to the police, but Daniel convinces him that they are in more danger if they speak up. The threats they receive from other members of the gang reinforce the boys' fears. When the gang attacks Daniel, Shawn has to put his own safety at risk to help his friend.

CM Magazine
"A fast-paced, event-driven story...A page-turner for kids who are beginning to read at this level and for reluctant readers. Recommended."
"The characters are believable and well-defined and the writing is crisp and clean...easy to read but holds high interest."
"The fight and chase scenes are absolutely tantalizing."
"Compelling characters and a plot that is right out of today's headlines...A quick, easy read that will appeal to reluctant readers."
Canadian Book Review Annual
"An enthralling novel about urban grittiness and realism...The plot is fast-paced, the dialogue is crisp and realistic...Highly recommended."

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