• Pages:112
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Soundings
  • Themes:crime, truth, justice, death of a family member, loss of a sibling
  • Available:10/01/2008
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Reading Level:3
  • Lexile:HL560L
  • ATOS:3.6
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Megan's brother Danny is dead. Killed in an apparent robbery in a bar. It seems like a terrible but simple case of mistaken identity, of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But as the truth comes out, Megan realizes that Danny was "known to police." He was in much deeper than she realized, and the police are not motivated to solve the crime. As Megan watches her family self-destruct, she decides she has to find the truth. But the truth is hard to come by, and there are people who will kill to keep it hidden.
"This is the stuff real life is made of and I highly recommend this to young teens who think dealing and taking drugs is the easy way to money."
– Tucson Unified School District
"The book's willingness to forego hackneyed messages is refreshing...a quick but satisfying drama for those aware that darkness is only a step away in even the most comfortable lives."
– The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Scum is full of suspense...[and] would make an excellent addition to intermediate classroom and school library collections."
– Resource Links
"Dekker paints a painful picture of how death can tear apart those left behind."
"Reminds me of an episode of CSI or Law & Order in which people try to solve a crime but also deal with the personal aspects of the situation."
– Middler Books and More
"The story moves along and provides enough plot twists to keep the reader engaged. All in all it's a solid, if not exceptional, title from Orca."
– NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
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