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Rebel's Tag
By author: K. L. Denman
Selling Points: "Grieving, forgiveness, rebellion"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2007
Lexile Level: HL550L
Fry Reading Level: 2.2
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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Oh, man. Someone must have seen Indi and me doing our thing. They recognized me and reported it to the cops. This envelope is from the cops. They write letters? Wouldn't they just come and hassle me?

I keep cool, reach inside, draw out a sheet of paper. It doesn't have any official emblems. It just looks like a letter, starting with "Dear Samuel." Weird. No one writes me letters. I shoot another glance at Mom but she hasn't budged. She's just standing there looking like she's going to burst.

Sam's grandfather vanished from his life the day Sam's father was buried. Now, ten years later, Grandpa Max wants to make amends. He sends letters that lead Sam on a scavenger hunt. Sam follows his grandfather's bizarre instructions though he's still not ready to forgive. To alleviate his anger at his grandfather, Sam turns to his favorite stress release: climbing onto roofs and leaving his tag, a spray painted symbol for Aquarius. When he gets caught by an elderly couple, Sam learns a valuable lesson about forgiveness. He's ready to forgive his grandfather, but is he too late?
The Horn Book Guide - April 1, 2008
"Written for reluctant readers, this text tackles such heavy topics as forgiveness and death while using accessible, age-appropriate vocabulary."
VOYA - February 1, 2008
"The book addresses weighty concepts succinctly, comprehensibly, and without pretense, and those looking for a hi-lo story with more depth will find it here."
Quill & Quire - November 1, 2007
"It's no small feat to engage and hold the interest of reluctant readers. With Rebel's Tag, Denman does the job."
Resource Links - October 1, 2007
"This book has a story that keeps the reader interested, with short chapters and easy-to-read vocabulary."
CM Magazine - January 12, 2007
"A wonderful novel that will draw reluctant readers in from the get-go and hold them captive until the bittersweet end. Denman's writing is clean and the voice brilliant. Highly Recommended."


OLA Best Bets, commended  CA  2008
CCBC Best Books , commended  CA  2008
Chocolate Lily nominee, short-listed  CA  2009


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Middle-school fiction
for reluctant readers

Key Features:
Contemporary stories
Compelling characters
Ideal for Lit Circles
Ideal for Independent Reading

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