Young Adult Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories
- Orca Book Publishers
- Initial publish date
- Aug 2019
- Mysteries & Detective Stories, Siblings, Law & Crime
Paperback / softback
- Publish Date
- Aug 2019
- List Price
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 8 to 12
- Reading age: 12 to 18
Fifteen-year-old Charlie stays home from school so he can help his older brother, Tom, who is in a hip-to-toe cast after breaking his leg in a football game.
When not waiting on his brother hand and foot, Charlie investigates a series of break-ins that have the whole neighborhood on edge. Things really hit home when Charlie nearly catches the thief and then foils an attempted break-in at his own house. As he continues to piece together the clues, Charlie realizes that the easiest way for the culprit to avoid suspicion is to hide in plain sight.
About the author
Alison Hughes is an award-winning author of many books for children and young adults, including The Silence Slips In, winner of the R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature and Hit the Ground Running, a nominee for the Governor General's Literary Award. Alison is a university Writing Advisor, volunteers with children and literacy groups and gives frequent workshops and presentations at schools, libraries, festivals and conferences across Canada. She lives in Edmonton with her family.
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
"An entertaining roller-coaster ride of emotions for reluctant readers."
“In this short but very effective story, Hughes conveys a credible mystery and subsequent detection without resorting to cliché or shortchanging the dynamic.”
“Hughes has the skill to engage struggling readers with her quick, smoothly written plots and her interesting characters…a fast-paced, interesting book with just enough drama to make a struggling reader, or a reader who desires a quick and easy book for the moment, enjoy diving into the story.”
Must Read Literature: K thru YA
“A solid book with an engaging plot. Recommended.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials