Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Young Adult Fiction Psychological


by (author) M.J. McIsaac

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2023
Psychological, College & University, Peer Pressure, Bullying
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Feb 2023
    List Price

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


Golden boy Myles is being blackmailed by someone sending texts threatening to expose a secret that could change his life forever.

Myles has it all: he’s popular, has an amazing girlfriend and won a full athletic scholarship to a top university. But on the day of his high school graduation ceremony, while he struggles to write his valedictorian speech, Myles receives a text that changes everything. Somehow, through text conversations in the next six hours, Myles has to discover the identity of the person threatening to reveal his darkest secret: his role in a rugby team hazing. And with so much to lose, Myles is willing to do whatever it takes to stop them.

This high-interest Orca Anchor book is written specifically for teens reading below a grade 2.0 level.

The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.

About the author

Contributor Notes

M.J. McIsaac is the author of several books for young people, including Boil Line and Underhand in the Orca Sports line and the Orca Currents title Alien Road. She has a master's degree in writing for children and is an accomplished illustrator as well. She lives with her family in Whitby, Ontario.

Editorial Reviews

“The fast-paced plot as Myles tries to keep up with his blackmailer’s demands, will keep readers on the edge of their seats...For any library in the market for this series, Countdown would be a great addition! Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A page-turner aimed at reluctant readers but apt to find a wider audience.”

Kirkus Reviews

Other titles by

Related lists