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Running the Risk
By author: Lesley Choyce
Selling Points: Danger, risk, responsibility
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2009
Lexile Level: HL530L
Fry Reading Level: 3.2
Pages: 144
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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The door opened and two guys with ski masks on walked in. One walked straight to me. The other went straight to Lacey at her register. As they approached, I saw the guns come up. Lacey, Cam and I froze. The room suddenly went dead quiet except for the sound of hamburgers sizzling in the back and the buzz of the overhead fluorescent lights. I'd never even noticed the hum of the fluorescent lights before.

After being the victim of an armed robbery, Sean should be terrified but he isn't. He finds he likes the rush that comes from danger and tries to recreate the feeling. But when his risktaking leads him to some of the worst parts of town and he finds himself face-to-face with the original armed robbers, he finds he must do the right thing.
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - April 1, 2010
"The target audience will relate to Sean's challenges, choices and final decision to take action."
CM Magazine - January 15, 2010
"Choyce incorporates suspense, mystery and the social issue of homelessness into a fast-paced story that is sure to appeal to both male and female readers…This protagonist is both a likeable and believable character, and, in typical reluctant reader fashion, the reader will undoubtedly eagerly continue the story though to the concluding pages. Recommended."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - July 21, 2009
"The plot moves quickly and the ending satisfying...The unusual plot and honest character will attract readers, especially reluctant readers."
Resource Links - June 1, 2009
"The plot moves quickly with lots of dialogue to keep the reluctant reader interested."


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Ideal for Lit Circles
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