Beyond Repair

Beyond Repair

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by Lois Peterson
     
 

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As much as life has irrevocably changed since the death of his father, much has stayed the same for Cam. He's always had a great deal of responsibility around the house, but the burden is heavier now in combination with the load of grief he's been carrying. After the man who was driving the truck that killed his father turns up at the end of the driveway, Cam feels

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As much as life has irrevocably changed since the death of his father, much has stayed the same for Cam. He's always had a great deal of responsibility around the house, but the burden is heavier now in combination with the load of grief he's been carrying. After the man who was driving the truck that killed his father turns up at the end of the driveway, Cam feels pressure to keep his family safe as well. He starts to see the man everywhere: at his work, in stores, at his sister's school. Cam needs to know what the man wants from his family, and he starts following his father's killer in search of answers.

Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book Guide
"Peterson keeps readers engaged from page one of this suspenseful and touching (yet admirably unsentimental) hi-lo book."
Washington State Young Adult Review Group
"Explored some tough issues, yet did it in a fast-paced way that will appeal to reluctant readers."
Library Media Connection
"I found the book a quick but thought-provoking read, the characters believable and the story compelling. I would recommend its purchase both for the library and the classroom."
CM Magazine
"[Peterson] writes accomplished suspense, especially given the limitations placed on high interest-low vocabulary titles. Readers will be hard-pressed to stop at the end of each short chapter, and the author convincingly conveys Cameron's fear and confusion...Characters, even Cameron's deceased father, are complex and multi-dimensional...Peterson's novel should find an audience with suspense fans of all reading levels. Recommended."
Booklist
"Compact, dialogue driven writing keeps the atmosphere tense as Cam races toward a confrontation with his father's killer...A resonant, quick read from a reliable reluctant reader series."
Children's Literature - Laura J. Brown
Cameron's father has been killed in a car accident. Even though Cameron loved his dad, he wishes that the family could have enjoyed more of his father's attention. Everyone now considers him the man of the house, but in some ways he already was, long before his father died; because his dad spent so much time engrossed in books. It has been hard on the entire family since the accident. His mom is working two jobs; and Cam is left to take care of Leah and the house while also going to school each day and keeping up with his homework. One snowy afternoon he notices his mother yelling at a man outside their home as she is returning home from work. The man turns out to be Bryan Klausen, the man who was responsible for the car accident that killed his father. Cam learns from his mom that Klausen wants to help their family out in some way because of what he did. Cam and his mom are not interested in any help from this man. When Klausen shows up at Cam's job, and then at the grocery store where they shop, and finally at Leah's school, Cam decides to take action against this man, whom he considers a stalker. Cam is determined to protect his mom and sister; even if he is not 100% sure that Klauen is truly stalking his family. When Cam confronts Klausen, he discovers something he does not expect. This book is a quick easy read, but also insightful and reflective. Reviewer: Laura J. Brown

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554698165
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
749,914
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
HL480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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She takes another ragged breath. "That..." She waves toward the front door and gulps. "That's the man who killed your father."

Meet the Author

Lois Peterson wrote short stories and articles for adults for twenty years before turning to writing for kids. She was born in England and has lived in Iraq, France and the United States. She now lives in Surrey, British Columbia, where she writes, reads and teaches creative writing to adults, teens and children.

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