Rebel's Tag

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Currents
  • Themes:grieving, forgiveness, rebellion, graffiti, tagging
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  • Available:10/01/2007
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Reading Level:2.2
  • Lexile:HL550L
  • ATOS:3.3
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:V
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Sam's grandfather vanished from his life the day Sam's father was buried.

Now, ten years later, Grandpa Max wants to make amends. He sends letters that lead Sam on a scavenger hunt. Sam follows his grandfather's bizarre instructions though he's still not ready to forgive. To alleviate his anger at his grandfather, Sam turns to his favorite stress release: climbing onto roofs and leaving his tag, a spray painted symbol for Aquarius. When he gets caught by an elderly couple, Sam learns a valuable lesson about forgiveness. He's ready to forgive his grandfather, but is he too late?

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!

"This book has a story that keeps the reader interested, with short chapters and easy-to-read vocabulary."
– Resource Links
"It's no small feat to engage and hold the interest of reluctant readers. With Rebel's Tag, Denman does the job."
– Quill & Quire
"A wonderful novel that will draw reluctant readers in from the get-go and hold them captive until the bittersweet end. Denman's writing is clean and the voice brilliant. Highly Recommended."
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"The book addresses weighty concepts succinctly, comprehensibly, and without pretense, and those looking for a hi-lo story with more depth will find it here."
– VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Magazine
"Written for reluctant readers, this text tackles such heavy topics as forgiveness and death while using accessible, age-appropriate vocabulary."
– The Horn Book Guide
Ontario Library association (OLA) Best Bets   | 2008  |  Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2008  |  Commended
Chocolate Lily Book Awards   | 2009  |  Short-listed