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Selling Points: "graffiti, employment, mystery"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2008
Lexile Level: HL590L
Fry Reading Level: 3.3
Fiction Ages 10-14
"One more thing," Stike called as I mounted up. "Keep your eyes open."
"Huh?" Keep them open for what? What did he mean?
"We had a kid last year who ran into some trouble. Some crew didn't appreciate his cleanup. They waited for him one morning and jumpted him. Kid ended up in the hospital." He grinned at me as if he were telling me about some fond memory. "Watch the watchers," he said. "If you think you're attracting some of the wrong attention, you let me know. Crews don't scare Stike."
I had the feeling that not much scared Stike. But the thought of getting jumped by a gang sure scared me. I began to wonder if Dave Marsh had done me a favor after all.
When Colin accepts the job to clean up the graffiti in an upscale neighborhood he worries that he might be targeted by gangs. But he didn't expect to become a suspect in a series of robberies. Every time he is sent to clean up graffiti, the police are nearby investigating a crime. Colin knows he's done nothing wrong, but even he acknowledges his presence at the crime scenes looks suspicious. The only way he can clear his name is to figure out what is really going on.
The Horn Book Guide - April 1, 2009
"Though the characters get involved in some bad situations, they are good kids at heart. Realistic situations and contemporary content will appeal to reluctant readers."
Resource Links - October 1, 2008
"McClintock uses realistic and descriptive language to accentuate the simple plot. Excellent."
CM Magazine - June 1, 2008
"Its realism and simplicity make this an excellent choice for high school and public libraries."
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended
CCBC Best Books, commended
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