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Trouble in the Hills

by Helaine Becker

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Set in the Rocky Mountain borderlands, Trouble in the Hills is an action-packed adventure that pits an injured teen against the elements as he tries to elude kidnappers and drug runners.

After a fight with his father, Cam takes to the hills that surround his small, mountain community where an error in judgment leads to a serious mountain biking accident. As he slowly makes his way back to town over cold, inhospitable terrain, he encounters a trio of kidnappers, the girl who escaped them, his former best friend, and a gang of drug runners.

About the Author

Helaine Becker

HELAINE BECKER has published in many children's genres, from humorous verse to educational textbooks. Her knack for blending humor and education into a satisfying package that both delights and informs is recognized by critics and booksellers across North America. Her award-winning books include Boredom Blasters, Secret Agent Y.O.U., and Science on the Loose. Originally from New York, she lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.
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Contributor Notes

Helaine Becker is an award-winning writer of children's books with over 40 titles to her credit, including the best-selling Looney Bay All-Stars series, Secret Agent Y.O.U., and The Insecto-Files (winner of the Lane Anderson Science Book Award), She has recently written and developed Dr. Greeny's Mad Lab, slated to air as part of Planet Echo on APTN in 2011. Helaine Becker lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 15
Grade:
7 to 17

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Trouble in the Hills

After a fight with his father, Cam hops on his bike and heads for the hills surrounding his small mountain community. But when a wipe-out wrecks his bike and his ankle, Cam is forced to build a fire and a shelter and camp for the night before attempting the long walk down. No sooner has he fallen asleep than he’s startled awake by voices. Instinct tells him the voices are far from friendly, and suddenly he finds himself in all sorts of trouble — the kind of trouble that could get him killed!

Fifteen-year-old Cam is a typical teenage boy. A bit of a rebel, he resents the responsibilities that sit on his shoulders while his dad is away at work. An adventurer by nature, all he really wants is to be free to ride his mountain bike and do tricks. He’s also impulsive and has a tendency to act rashly and without thinking. It’s one such impulsive act that strands him up in the mountains, and sets the stage for the rest of the story.

It turns out Cam isn’t the only person in the mountains who’s in trouble. Circumstances lead him to Samira, an illegal immigrant on the run from human smugglers, and Dakota, a former friend who has been running drugs up the mountain for cash and now finds himself in trouble with his employers.

Filled with non-stop action, the story moves at breakneck speed as Cam faces numerous perilous situations. There is a nominal amount of swearing, but it’s true to the characters and is in context.

Short chapters, perfect pacing and lots of action make Helaine Becker’s debut YA novel a perfect choice for reluctant boy readers, and once they pick it up, they’ll find it impossible to put down until the end.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2012. Volume 35 No. 2.

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Trouble in the Hills

After having a fight with his father, Cam escapes on his bike to the hills surrounding his small mountain community. But when a wipe-out wrecks his bike and his ankle, he must make his way back home but finds himself in a whole new heap of trouble. Cam must elude human traffickers and drug runners and deal with a mysterious girl and his always unpredictable former best friend.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Spring, 2012.

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