Selling Points: "Friendship, adventure, paintball"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2006
Lexile Level: HL530L
Fry Reading Level: 2.7
Fiction Ages 10-14
"The teachers can't do nothing to us," Lisa told him, crossing her arms. The paintball wars aren't on school property.
"But—," Micky tried. It was like trying to stop a hurricane.
"Do you think I care what the teachers think?" Lisa asked. "They think we band together because no one else likes us. And we're proud to agree with them, aren't we?"
Micky shrugged. When people called us losers, it just made our group stronger.
"It's the Medford gang I care about," Lisa continued. "The Sewer Rats have never lost a paintball war and we're not going to chicken out now.
Jim, Mickey and Lisa belong to a secret club called the Sewer Rats. Every Saturday the Sewer Rats reign supreme in paintball wars held in the city's storm drain system. The new kid, Carter, wants to join, but Lisa doesn't want him in the club. When Carter is hurt in his first paintball war, Jim and Mickey suspect that Lisa planned the accident. They try to confront her, but she runs into the tunnels just as a rainstorm begins. Jim and Mickey have to get Lisa out before the tunnels fill with water.
Canadian Book Review Annual - June 1, 2008
"Brouwer has created a story with sufficient character and plot development to hold the interest of reluctant male readers. Recommended."
Washington State Revew Group - April 1, 2007
"A good choice for reluctant readers in grades 7–10."
Resource Links - October 1, 2006
VOYA - August 1, 2006
"An easy booktalk to reluctant readers."
CM Magazine - June 23, 2006
"Entertaining and educational...sure to captivate reluctant readers...Highly Recommended"
YALSA Quick Picks, long-listed
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended
CCBC Our Choice, commended
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