Home Invasion

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:family, crime, mystery, dysfunctional family, step-father
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  • Pub Date:09/01/2005
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Fry Level:3.6
  • Lexile:HL620L
  • ATOS:4.4
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z+
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Josh is less than thrilled that he has a new stepfather, and finds his personal habits—and his personality—irritating. When his mother leaves town, Josh is left to spend a week alone with Clay. Resenting his new living arrangements and his unorthodox home life, Josh finds himself drawn to the idea of a "regular" family and, on a whim, sneaks into a neighbor's house to see how others live. When another opportunity arises to be a fly on the wall, Josh takes it and finds himself becoming bolder. Considering it a harmless pastime, Josh continues entering people's houses, until he is witness to a violent home invasion. Josh must use all his courage to save himself and bring the home invader to justice.
"It's a good read! Recommended."
– CM Magazine
“A tightly written [book] about developing new relationships, learning to trust, and taking responsibility...Like other Soundings titles, Home Invasion presents a realistic teen with a problem that lends itself well to discussion.”
– Hip Librarians Book Blog
"The author's two ways of addressing the issue of home invasion are clever and insightful."
– Montreal Review of Books
"This book captures the thrill of spying on someone without their knowledge as well as giving tips on home security."
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"A short little book with a lot going on; it will definitely appeal to YAs, especially reluctant readers. Josh's voice is convincing as he struggles with his family, his girlfriend, and other personal issues."
– KLIATT
"Reluctant and struggling readers will enjoy this fast-paced story from the Orca Soundings series. Short chapters, easily accessible language, and a swiftly moving plot combine to make this book and the series popular with teens."
– VOYA
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