Thicker Than Water

  • Pages:144
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:doing the right thing, family loyalty, secrets, mystery, dysfunctional families
  • Pub Date:01/29/2019
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Fry Level:3.2
  • Lexile:HL450L
  • ATOS:3.3
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Zack Bernard has a thing for crime shows, especially the forensic-investigation kind. So when his friend Ella goes missing, Zack can't help piecing together what he thinks is concrete evidence that could lead to her whereabouts. The problem is, it's all pointing toward his dad. He knows his dad is lying about not having seen Ella because Zack saw them together at the mall the day she disappeared. What he doesn't know is why. With the help of his friend Ayo, Zack tries to solve the mystery himself to avoid having to make the terrible choice between losing someone close to him and betraying his family.
"Readers will definitely keep turning the pages…For reluctant readers with a taste for crime, this title should scratch the itch."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will be enticed by the edgy theme and compelling story…multidimensional characters and briskly paced plot."
– School Library Journal
"Action in Thicker Than Water will keep readers engaged. The moral pitfalls will present good discussion opportunities."
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Deen brings insight and complexity…I’ll be looking for more from this talented author.”
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CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2019  |  Commended
JLG Gold Standard Selection   | 2018  |  Commended