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Young Adult Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories

An Unbalanced Force

by (author) Valerie Sherrard

Cormorant Books
Initial publish date
Nov 2024
Mysteries & Detective Stories, Thrillers & Suspense, Values & Virtues
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2024
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12


Ethan Granger isn’t sure what his father does for work, just that it’s lucrative enough to support their family’s privileged lifestyle, and that it often requires him to go out of town for business.

When Ethan catches his dad in a lie, it raises unsettling questions he can’t ignore. Before long, this seemingly small fib reveals a clandestine and potentially illegal operation he’s been keeping from the family. To catch a liar, Ethan must become a liar, using every trick his father taught him to evade suspicion while investigating leads.

Hiring a private eye, sneaking into his father’s office, following him on his “business trips” — how far will Ethan go to expose his dad’s lies? What if the truth forces Ethan to make a choice that could throw his whole world off balance?

About the author

Valerie Sherrard first decided to become an author when she was in grade six! Her homeroom teacher that year, Mr. Alf Lower, praised and encouraged her efforts and instilled in her a lifelong belief in her ability to write. After producing about a dozen books for teens, Sherrard turned her hand to picture books. There’s a COW Under My Bed! introduces Oscar Ollie Brown, who will be embarking on his second adventure in There’s a Goldfish in my Shoe! in the fall of 2009. Since becoming a published author, Sherrard has enjoyed visiting many classrooms and libraries to speak to young people about writing, literacy, and most of all, finding and following your dreams. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Valerie has spent time in a number of provinces, including her current home of New Brunswick. She lives in Miramichi with her husband Brent and their four cats: Lilly, Thragg, Patootie and Cody.

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