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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 144
Themes: family, young offenders, murder, peer pressure, northern community
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 19/Sep/2017
Fry Reading Level: 2.8
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This is the second story featuring Rob and Adam Maclean after Coming Clean

Rob Maclean and his mom have moved to a small community in northern Ontario in order to be closer to Rob's imprisoned brother, Adam. One night after a rowdy party, Rob and some friends end up in a van speeding through a First Nations reserve. The driver of the van has a deep hatred for Indigenous people, and he lobs rotten fruit at a group of young men gathered in front of a community center. The young men chase them down, and Rob's friend Alan is injured and ends up in a coma. Now the police are pressuring Rob to identify their prime suspect.

CM Magazine
"Up North is a very good novel that leaves readers thinking about their own views on such things and acknowledging the importance of acceptance and of being good people. Recommended."


Ottawa Book Award  | 2018 | Short-listed

Teen fiction
for reluctant readers

Key Features:

Short, high-interest novels

Contemporary stories

Compelling characters

Linear plots

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