The Big Dip

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"There's a shooter around here," Skip said in my ear. His voice was choked. It was the first time I'd ever heard Skip sound frightened.

Joe "Mojo" Lumby is a champion on the track. But when he gets caught up in the mystery of the Margaret rose, he runs into trouble. Someone thinks Joe knows where a mysterious treasure is hidden, and will stop at nothing to get it. In his search for the Margaret rose, Joe finds himself in a race against his toughest opponent yet-time.

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Overview

"There's a shooter around here," Skip said in my ear. His voice was choked. It was the first time I'd ever heard Skip sound frightened.

Joe "Mojo" Lumby is a champion on the track. But when he gets caught up in the mystery of the Margaret rose, he runs into trouble. Someone thinks Joe knows where a mysterious treasure is hidden, and will stop at nothing to get it. In his search for the Margaret rose, Joe finds himself in a race against his toughest opponent yet-time.

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Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"A roller coaster of a story that is action-packed and full of mystery and suspense. It is a quick read, and the action takes place against the backdrop of an amusement park, a fun and familiar setting for many pre-teens and teens...Highly Recommended."
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"Another fast-paced, realistic story from a reliable publisher sure to engage the most reluctant reader."
Booklist
"Jackson's mystery has an impressive amount of twists, especially near the end…[She] delivers the goods: a propulsive mystery that will hook the most reluctant of readers."
Library Media Connection
"This book fills a need in many library collections."
Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
He broke his curfew for a ride on a roller coaster, but Joe Lumby's life takes an unexpected turn when a man is shot right in front of him and the man's dying words involve Joe in the mystery of the Margaret rose. Though his best friend, Skip, encourages him to steer clear of the crime scene and the dead man's request, an attack in the locker room leaves Joe no choice but to try to decipher the cryptic message. As the situation becomes increasingly desperate, Joe puts himself in grave danger to protect the people he loves. With a tendency to rely on stock characters as its primary weakness, this action-packed thriller takes readers on a race filled with suspicious characters set against the backdrop of the Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver, Canada. With a little over one hundred pages and plenty of plot twists, the story is short enough and dramatic enough to hold the interest of reluctant readers. Though the pace never lags, readers are deprived of one of the key elements of the mystery genre: the ability to put the clues together to solve the puzzle themselves. The real culprit is as much of a surprise to the reader as it is to Joe. Written for middle school students reading below grade level, the "Orca Currents" series features short, high-interest novels with contemporary themes. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Joe, a 15-year-old track star, and his friend Skip witness a murder on a roller coaster at the Pacific National Exhibition grounds in Vancouver. The old man who was shot breathes his cryptic last words to Joe about getting a "Margaret rose" to the police. Now, someone is threatening Joe and has kidnapped his little sister. Things keep spiraling out of control until Joe meets up with Amy at the PNE, and she proves that two heads are better than one. The suspense is intense, but some situations seem too contrived. Overall, though, this compact story is sure to appeal to reluctant readers, and the ending is a surprise.—Lori A. Guenthner, Baltimore County Public Library, Randallstown, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554691784
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Orca Currents Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,006,087
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: HL530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Melanie Jackson, who lives in Vancouver with her family, is a business/advertising writer and editor, book reviewer for the Vancouver Sun, and a member of the Sun's Book Club. Melanie volunteers as a writing mentor with the Vancouver School Board. Melanie welcomes opportunities for author visits to schools. For more information, visit her website.

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"There's a shooter around here," Skip said in my ear. His voice was choked. It was the first time I'd ever heard Skip sound so frightened. Usually he was so confident, so sunny. Nothing fazed him.

"Let's get outta here," he urged.

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