Hit Squad

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:bullying, crime, ethics, starting a new school, violence
  • Pub Date:09/01/2003
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Fry Level:3.8
  • Lexile:HL560L
  • ATOS:3.9
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z+
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This is Mickey's first year at Grandview High. After transferring, all he wants to do is keep his head down, work hard and fit in with the upscale crowd. He is approached, because of his tough reputation, to join a group of students to take back the school from the bullies. Mickey finds himself caught up in a shadowy world of violence and retribution. When their planned payback goes horribly wrong, Mickey is forced to acknowledge the thin line between victim and victimizer.
"Heneghan writes in an eminently readable style without shirking from the real issues that teens are facing in schools today…Tightly written and instantly engaging. Highly recommended."
– CM Magazine
"Heneghan's Hit Squad is an excellent example of the hi-lo genre. Despite the genre's length constraints, Heneghan has created an engaging and believable plot populated by a cast of characters who are more fully developed than most in hi-lo books...Highly recommended."
– Canadian Book Review Annual
"Heneghan confronts increasingly serious situations for his young readers...yet his writing, catching both the cynicism and resilience of adolescence, along with trademark drama from the opening sentence onward, keeps his stories accessible and compelling."
– BC Bookworld
"This story will hit home for teens who deal with bullying on a daily basis."
"Heneghan poses serious questions about bullying and violence among young people."
– Publishers Weekly
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