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Fiction Ages 10-14
Pages: 128
Themes: malls, celebrity, disability, peer pressure, honesty, TV shows, scams
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 11/10/2016
Fry Reading Level: 2.0
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Thirteen-year-old Nate needs a break from looking after his newly disabled mom. One day when his mom thinks he's at a cross-country meet, he goes to the mall with a friend he's forbidden to have contact with. At the skate shop he sees a new board he can't afford but has to have, and Nate gets talked into running a scam. It turns out Nate looks a lot like a teen TV star filming in the area. So he and his buddy get girls to pay cash to be extras on set. It's all fine until Nate meets a girl he really likes. Nate knows he has to tell her the truth, but he's not sure he has what it takes to come clean.

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