Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 15
- Grade: 7 to 10
- Reading age: 12 to 15
The Teacher’s Guide to accompany Hate Cell by Gwen Molnar.
Thirteen-year-old Casey Templeton has recently moved with his family to the southeastern Alberta town of Richford. One night Casey seeks refuge from a snowstorm in an abandoned farmhouse and stumbles upon his nearly frozen, unconscious science teacher, Mr. Deverell. Casey attempts to revive his teacher and searches the house for something to make a fire with. In the attic he makes a frightening discovery – a sophisticated office filled with computers, a printer, and racist posters and flyers!
Richford is harbouring a vicious cell of white racists who are targeting everyone they deem "alien." Somehow Mr. Deverell is connected to the dangerous organization, and so, too, are other residents, young and old, in Casey’s new town.
Soon the RCMP and Casey’s hacker brother, Hank, get involved in the mystery, but it’s Casey who leads the investigation into a warped world where hate is marketed on the Internet and innocent people are preyed on by bigots and bullies blinkered by their own prejudices.
About the author
Gwen Molnar is a poet, painter, and writer of children's fiction. She is the author of three poetry collections for children, I Said to Sam, Animal Rap and Far Out Fables, and Just Because, A Collection of Light Verse and Nonsense, as well as three Sebastian first chapter books, an early chapter book, No Presents Please, the first Casey Templeton Mystery, Hate Cell, and Hazel’s Rainbow Ride, with Barbara Hartman as illustrator. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.