Bad Business

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Currents
  • Themes:elder abuse, dementia, Alzheimer's, employment, honesty
  • Available:10/06/2015
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Reading Level:3.1
  • Lexile:HL540L
  • ATOS:3.8
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Y
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Lindy has been working hard cleaning and doing odd jobs around the neighborhood to earn money for a trip to the Arctic.

When Mrs. Naulty, an elderly client, mistakenly pays her a huge amount of money, Lindy keeps it to pay the early-bird rate for her trip. It’s only when a schoolmate learns what she did and starts blackmailing her that Lindy starts to suffer for her actions.

This short novel is a high-interest, low-reading level book for middle-grade readers who are building reading skills, want a quick read or say they don’t like to read!

"A fast-paced, high-interest read...What is great about this book is its relevant subject matter to which many kids can relate. Lindy comes across as a natural character who experiences the same things everyone else does: the extreme excitement over a trip, the gut-wrenching guilt over taking advantage of someone and the fear and anxiety that come with being bullied. These experiences and emotions all occur quickly as the book is a short read, but that doesn’t make the emotions any less real...The plot progresses very quickly which, in turn, makes the book a gripping and fast-paced read that is sure to hold the attention of readers."
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"Dakers explores several moral issues including elder abuse, theft and bullying...Readers will learn that 'doing the right thing' is not always easy!"
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"This story has a plotline that many young adults can relate to as issues of honesty and true friendship emerge...An easy read which should appeal to reluctant readers and other teen readers. Recommended."
– School Library Connection (SLC)
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