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I Owe You One
By author: Natalie Hyde
Selling Points: Friendship, old age, responsibility
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2011
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 8-11
Price:  $7.95
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My mom would kill me if she knew I was this close to the flooding creek, but I was desperate.

I heard footsteps crunching on the gravel path. My heart pounded. I was about to be caught doing the dumbest thing I had ever done. Well, maybe not the dumbest. There was that whole slime-mold experiment last summer. We couldn't use our bathtub for a month.

I made one last grab for my hat.

After almost drowning in a swollen creek, Wes wonders if what his friend Zach says is true: Wes owes a life debt to the old lady who rescued him. It doesn't help that Wes keeps hearing his dead father's voice saying things like, "A man pays his debts, Wes," and "A man always treats a woman with respect, Wes." But how does a guy go about paying back a life debt anyway? And what if it involves a transmission tower, an ice-cream truck and a few sticks of dynamite?
NJ Youth Services - October 18, 2012
"Can be enjoyed by young readers as well as reluctant older readers. There are enough twists and explosions to keep the story interesting."
Waterloo Region Record - February 4, 2012
"[Hyde's] storytelling abilities are evident in this easy-to-read tale."
Tacoma School District #10 - January 5, 2012
"Lessons about persistence, consequences, and following in your father's footsteps are intertwined throughout this story. A great addition for upper elementary."
CM Magazine - December 16, 2011
"An entertaining book...The strong moral message in the book will delight the readers' parents, but Hyde manages to make her point without being preachy, and Wes is a fairly normal 11-year old boy to whom who children will relate. The plot moves along quickly, and the writing is appropriate to this age group, making it a great choice for children, especially boys, in this age group. Highly Recommended."
Resource Links - December 1, 2011
"A fun-filled 'house-that-jack-built' story of connections, both logistical and emotional...It is seldom that a text written simply, for younger readers, makes me both giggle and tear up. Natalie Hyde has created characters with humourous traits, realistic flaws, and yet a sense of integrity and community that restore one's faith in people. There is sufficient suspense and juvenile pranks to grip young readers' imaginations...A text that is as rewarding to give to a child as it will be for the child to read."
Booklist - October 15, 2011
"The plot moves quickly from one humorous situation to another. Quirky but believable characters populate the small Canadian town, giving a yesteryear feel to a modern story. With its slim length, fast pace, and humor, this title will appeal to a wide range of readers."


CYBIL Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2011
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2011
Silver Birch Express Award nomination, short-listed  CA  2013
CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2012


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