Books for Teens


Deadpoint (January, 2017)

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In this high-interest sports novel for young readers, Ayla must face her fears and make her way back down the mountain after a guide is injured in a climbing accident.

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By author: Nikki Tate
ISBN: 9781554692729
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2011
Lexile Level: HL740L
Fry Reading Level: 3.0
Pages: 168
Fiction Ages 12+

Have you ever faced fear
And jumped
Into churning waters
So deep there is no bottom? 

Tara’s sister died a year ago, on the day that Tara didn’t answer her phone when Hannah called. And Hannah stepped in front of a bus. Now Tara lives with the guilt of wondering if things would be different if she had been there when Hannah needed her most. Competing in slam poetry competitions is the only way Tara can keep her sister’s memory alive and deal with all the unanswered questions. But at some point, Tara is going to have to let Hannah rest in peace, and she will need to find a way to move on.

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By author: Nikki Tate
ISBN: 9781554691678
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2009
Lexile Level: 660L
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
Pages: 168
Fiction Ages 10+

Travis and his best friends Ryan and Jasper live for the thrill of watching their horses race. When a thief starts hacking off the tails of Standardbred horses stabled at Blackdown Park, suddenly the track isn’t such a great place to hang out. Things get even more unpleasant when a troubled girl comes between Travis and his friends. Travis has to make some tough choices, but how can he stand by his friends when he no longer trusts them?

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ISBN: 9781554690718
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2009
Lexile Level: HL680L
Fry Reading Level: 3.4
Pages: 176
Fiction Ages 10+

All I did was ask what he’d given the horse. I didn’t say the words illegal doping. I didn’t say anything about cheating. I asked a simple question. What did you just give the horse?

Sixteen-year-old Spencer loves his job at the local racing stable, but when he becomes convinced that someone is drugging the racehorse Lord of the Flies, no one believes him. In an effort to find out who is behind a dangerous race-fixing scheme, he takes on some of the most unsavory members of the track community. By refusing to turn a blind eye, Spencer risks losing those he cares most about, including Em, the stableowner’s niece.


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