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Hit Squad
By author: James Heneghan
Selling Points: "bullying, crime, ethics"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2003
Lexile Level: HL560L
Fry Reading Level: 3.8
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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"So, what do you say?" said Peter. "You guys ready to put a stop to it?"
    "Put a stop to it?" said Whisper. "Are you kidding? You've been watching too many Bruce Willis videos, man. What can the four of us do?"
    "They must be punished," said Birgit quietly. "And it will be a warning to others. Word will get around. It will no longer be the law of the jungle. It will be law and order, decency and dignity."
    "You're out of your mind," said Whisper.
    "No, I'm not. I know I'm right."
"So we're to be, what? A high school SWAT team? A hit squad?"

This is Mickey's first year at Grandview High. After transferring, all he wants to do is keep his head down, work hard and fit in with the upscale crowd. He is approached, because of his tough reputation, to join a group of students to take back the school from the bullies. Mickey finds himself caught up in a shadowy world of violence and retribution. When their planned payback goes horribly wrong, Mickey is forced to acknowledge the thin line between victim and victimizer.
Canadian Book Review Annual - January 1, 2004
"Heneghan's Hit Squad is an excellent example of the hi-lo genre. Despite the genre's length constraints, Heneghan has created an engaging and believable plot populated by a cast of characters who are more fully developed than most in hi-lo books...Highly recommended."
VOYA - December 1, 2003
"This story will hit home for teens who deal with bullying on a daily basis."
CM Magazine - October 17, 2003
"Heneghan writes in an eminently readable style without shirking from the real issues that teens are facing in schools today…Tightly written and instantly engaging. Highly recommended."
Publishers Weekly - October 1, 2003
"Heneghan poses serious questions about bullying and violence among young people."
BC Bookworld - October 1, 2003
"Heneghan confronts increasingly serious situations for his young readers...yet his writing, catching both the cynicism and resilience of adolescence, along with trademark drama from the opening sentence onward, keeps his stories accessible and compelling."


ALA Popular Paperbacks, long-listed  US  2006
YALSA Quick Picks, short-listed  US  2005
PSLA Top Forty, short-listed  US  2003


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