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Watch Me
By author: Norah McClintock
Selling Points: Learning disabilities, ethics, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2008
Lexile Level: HL530L
Fry Reading Level: 3.0
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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"Go out for a pass," he said.

The old lady was still ahead of us. She had already reached the park and was walking alongside it. I ran past her into the park. Drew's arm arced back and over his head. He sent the Frisbee sailing through the air. But it didn't come straight at me. Instead it curved to the left. I ran for it. I was in the clear too—until the old lady in the black coat suddenly started down the path that cut through the park. She must not have been paying attention. I yelled for her to look out, but all she did was turn and stare at me. Maybe she hadn't heard what I said. Then, boink, the Frisbee hit her on the side of the head. I saw the starteled expression on her face. She staggered a little to one side. Her foot slipped off the path. Her ankle twisted. Then she crashed to the ground and just lay there.


At first Kaz intends to help the old lady who's fallen in the park. But then he starts thinking about how he never gets what he wants. The next thing he knows, he's running away with her purse. The purse contains only five dollars and a battered watch. When Kaz learns who the old woman is and where the watch came from, he begins to understand consequences in a new way.
CM Magazine - February 6, 2009
"A well-rounded story that includes many issues and emotions to which students can easily relate...The story is one that is very close to the lives of the many members of its reading audience: it is a story of frustration and difference; it is about being fed up and snapping...Highly Recommended."
Resource Links - December 1, 2008
"McClintock...delivers another winner for the reluctant teen reader."
Tucson Unified School District - November 1, 2008
"Highly recommended."

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CCBC Best Books, commended  CA  2010

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