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Picture This
By author: Norah McClintock
Selling Points: Crime, responsibility, photography
ISBN: 9781554691388
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2009
Lexile Level: HL610L
Fry Reading Level: 3.6
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $9.95
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It was a bad choice to take a shortcut through a dark alley. A guy came up behind me, stuck something hard into my back and offered me another choice: Hand over my backpack or else.

Ethan lives in a foster home, struggling to put his life on the right track. Involved in a photography program for at-risk kids, he finds himself threatened again and again by someone who wants his camera. What does Ethan know? And what is on his camera that someone is willing to kill for? Struggling to stay out of trouble and solve the mystery, he discovers he has all the answers. He just has to figure out the questions.

Tacoma School District #10, Student Reviewer - December 10, 2010
"The author sets the tone for this drama/mystery like no other...I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick mystery to tide you over until this author releases her next book."
Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee - January 1, 2010
"McClintock does an excellent job of telling the story from the perspective of a teenage boy who has had a hard life but is trying to turn his life around. The writing is pithy yet absorbing and will keep the reader turning pages to find out what is going to happen next. The attractive cover will entice teen readers...Recommended."
Resource Links - December 1, 2009
"This novel will appeal to students—especially boys—who can empathize with Ethan and his life. It will also be a good match for students who need books of a lower reading level that still provide grown-up situations."
CM Magazine - October 23, 2009
"Moving between urban and rural settings with an underlying message of environmental conservatism, Picture This is a fast paced and suspenseful thriller. McClintock takes the story of a troubled teen and gives it a hopeful twist without taking away from the gritty reality of his situation...A great short novel that is sure to hold a reluctant reader's interest. Highly Recommended."
TeensReadToo.com - October 22, 2009
"At just over 100 pages, Picture This by Norah McClintock offers readers an amazing amount of action and mystery. Ethan is portrayed as the typical at-risk, big city teen trying to improve his life. Readers will cheer him on as he works to hang onto his new life."

Awards

TriState YA Review Group Book of Note, commended  US  2010
YALSA Quick Picks nominee, commended  US  2011
CCBC Best Books starred selection, commended  CA  2011

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