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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 128
Themes: following your dreams, fathers and sons, career aspirations, organized crime
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 29/Jan/2019
Fry Reading Level: 3.6
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Ryan wants to give up football and apply to his dream university, but to afford it he may have to insert himself into some strange and possibly dangerous situations.

Ryan Hale, aka Replay, is the most successful running back in his high school's history. With university scouts making him offers he can't refuse, his future seems set. The problem is, Ryan would much rather go to film school. But his dad doesn't want to hear it. His teammates sure don't. He can't afford the application fees anyway. But then a solution appears when Markus, a strange exchange student with outrageous stories about mobsters and hackers, offers to pay Ryan to be his bodyguard. Things get complicated when Ryan realizes the stories may be closer to the truth than anyone imagined.

Kirkus Reviews
"The accessible writing and occasional humor will keep readers engaged."
School Library Journal
"Readers will be enticed by the edgy theme and compelling story…multidimensional characters and briskly paced plot."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"The Bodyguard is quickly paced with interesting plot turns. Ryan's character is one that is nice to see unfold."
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"There is suspense, teen interests, and family drama in a quick-read format: formula for success. Excellent."

Awards

CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2019 | Commended