Zee's Way

  • Pages:128
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:graffiti, discrimination, art
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  • Pub Date:04/01/2004
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Lexile:HL640L
  • ATOS:4.1
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:T
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Zee and his friends are angry that their old haunt has been replaced by stores that are off-limits to them and storekeepers who treat them with distrust. To let the merchants know what he and his friends think, Zee paints graffiti on the wall of the hardware store. After the wall is repainted, Zee decides to repeat the vandalism, but this time with more artistic flair. A store owner catches him in the act and threatens to call the police--unless Zee agrees to repair the damage.

Also available in Spanish.
“Butcher is a skillful writer who manages, in the space of 104 pages and with a vocabulary geared to a 3.2 reading level, to render a believable main character...Many young readers, but especially boys, will relate to the injustice of the adults’ attitudes and actions towards Zee and his friends.”
– CM Magazine
"Speaks to the pitfalls of miscommunication and assumptions but also to the power of second chances...this story may resonate with teenagers who feel they are unfairly judged based on their appearance."
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