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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 128
Themes: Family, crime, mystery
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2005
Lexile Level: HL620L
Fry Reading Level: 3.6
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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.

CM Magazine
"It's a good read! Recommended."
Hip Librarians Book Blog
“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.”
Montreal Review of Books
"The author's two ways of addressing the issue of home invasion are clever and insightful."
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"This book captures the thrill of spying on someone without their knowledge as well as giving tips on home security."
KLIATT
"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."
VOYA
"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."

Awards

ALA Popular Paperbacks  | 2006 | Long-listed

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