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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 144
Themes: doing the right thing, family loyalty, secrets, mystery, dysfunctional families, police investigations
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 29/Jan/2019
Fry Reading Level: 3.2
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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.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"Action in Thicker Than Water will keep readers engaged. The moral pitfalls will present good discussion opportunities."
Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will definitely keep turning the pages…For reluctant readers with a taste for crime, this title should scratch the itch."
School Library Journal
"Readers will be enticed by the edgy theme and compelling story…multidimensional characters and briskly paced plot."
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“Deen brings insight and complexity…I’ll be looking for more from this talented author.”


CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2019 | Commended
JLG Gold Standard Selection  | 2018 | Commended

Teen fiction
for reluctant readers

Key Features:

Short, high-interest novels

Contemporary stories

Compelling characters

Linear plots

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