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Children's Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories


by (author) Norah McClintock

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
Mysteries & Detective Stories, Winter Sports, Multigenerational
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
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    Sep 2016
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


When Rennie's dad, the Major, goes overseas on assignment, he enlists his mother-in-law to babysit Rennie. Babysit! A guy who's about to turn fifteen! But Grandma is no surrogate drill sergeant. She has fun on her mind. That means ditching school and heading to avalanche country for a surprise ski trip. Nothing can ruin Rennie's vacation, not the lodge owner, who turns out to be Grandma's geriatric long-ago boyfriend, not the annoying backcountry guide or the crooked park ranger or the pushy businessman from Mumbai, not even the explosions. And definitely not the most beautiful girl in the world, whom he meets while stumbling onto a murder plot.

In this hair-raising prequel to Close to the Heel and From the Dead, the loyal, smart and observant Rennie heads to avalanche country.

About the author


Norah McClintock est l’auteure de plus de 40 livres, dont ceux des collections Chloe & Levesque, Mike & Riel et Robyn Hunter Mysteries, tous publiés chez Scholastic Canada. Les livres de Norah ont été traduits dans une douzaine de langues. Elle a remporté le prix Arthur Ellis dans la catégorie du meilleur roman policier jeunesse et beaucoup d’autres récompenses. Native de Montréal, Norah a obtenu un baccalauréat en histoire de l’Université McGill. Une mer de chagrin est son premier roman historique. «Il est temps d’utiliser toutes ces connaissances en histoire», a-t-elle dit. Norah vit maintenant à Toronto.


Norah McClintock is the author of Tell and Snitch, both Orca Soundings novels. Norah lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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  • Nominated, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award (MYRCA)
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

"Rennie typifies the growing, always hungry young teen, grounded in the present with little thought to the future…Secondary characters Derek, Rod, Raj and Chuck are artfully drawn—their characters clear in their words and actions. Annie is a powerful, strong young woman with clear goals who challenges traditional Indian values…Ski and avalanche scenes are believable and thrilling. Dialogue flows naturally and moves the action along as Rennie's inner voice reveals his feelings, questions and beliefs. The theme of honour killings will intrigue both boys and girls while all readers will sympathize with Rennie's grief and admire his courage."

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"Strengths here are fast-paced storytelling, attention to setting and skiing details, and the leisurely pace at which the author reveals clues and red herrings...Recommended."

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