Home Invasion

Home Invasion

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by Monique Polak

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Josh is less than thrilled that he has a new stepfather, and finds his personal habits—and his personality—irritating. When his mother leaves town, Josh is left to spend a week alone with Clay. Resenting his new living arrangements and his unorthodox home life, Josh finds himself drawn to the idea of a "regular" family and, on a whim, sneaks into a


Josh is less than thrilled that he has a new stepfather, and finds his personal habits—and his personality—irritating. When his mother leaves town, Josh is left to spend a week alone with Clay. Resenting his new living arrangements and his unorthodox home life, Josh finds himself drawn to the idea of a "regular" family and, on a whim, sneaks into a neighbor's house to see how others live. When another opportunity arises to be a fly on the wall, Josh takes it and finds himself becoming bolder. Considering it a harmless pastime, Josh continues entering people's houses, until he is witness to a violent home invasion. Josh must use all his courage to save himself and bring the home invader to justice.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"It's a good read! Recommended."
Hip Librarians Book Blog
“A tightly written [book] about developing new relationships, learning to trust, and taking responsibility...Like other Soundings titles, Home Invasion presents a realistic teen with a problem that lends itself well to discussion.”
Montreal Review of Books
"The author's two ways of addressing the issue of home invasion are clever and insightful."
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"This book captures the thrill of spying on someone without their knowledge as well as giving tips on home security."
Josh is going through a lot of changes. His mother has married a spacey artist named Clay; Josh is unimpressed by Clay's looks ("He's got chipmunk cheeks and this weird cowlick that looks like a rhino's horn") and even less by his humor. What's worse is that Clay calls him "Kiddo"--what's that all about? Josh longs for a normal family and ignores Clay. Instead, he spends a great deal of time walking around town and looking into the lighted windows of houses at night. One day he spots a set of keys left in a front door and instead of returning the keys he uses the opportunity to go into the house and secretly watch the people. He finds himself doing this more often--like an addiction, he feels driven to see how other families are living. In this process he stumbles upon some unexpected situations. As Josh is doing this, the police are on high alert for an actual home invader who is robbing and terrorizing people. In a bizarre set of circumstances, the home invader and Josh meet during a frightening robbery. Josh actually becomes something of a hero, but his secret is out. This is a short little book with a lot going on; it will definitely appeal to YAs, especially reluctant readers. Josh's voice is convincing as he struggles with his family, his girlfriend, and other personal issues. KLIATT Codes: JS--Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2005, Orca, Soundings, 105p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Sally Tibbetts
He does not know why he does it. Lately, even with the news of a home invader breaking into houses while the residents are home, Josh finds himself entering people's homes uninvited and unannounced. Maybe he just wants to see how "normal" families live now that his mother has remarried. Perhaps it is just the lure of the open window or the key left in the door. Whatever the reason, Josh soon lands square in the middle of a real break-in. Reluctant and struggling readers will enjoy this fast-paced story from the Orca Soundings series. Short chapters, easily accessible language, and a swiftly moving plot combine to make this book and the series popular with teens. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Orca, 105p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 15.
—Teri S. Lesesne

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Orca Book Publishers
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Orca Soundings Series
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Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)
HL620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

I was turning the corner to my street when I spotted the key. Because of the way the sun was shining, it glistened. Someone had left it right in the lock of their front door.

The house was a small red brick cottage that looked a lot like ours. I walked up the front stairs and raised my finger to the doorbell. My plan was to let whoever lived there know they'd forgotten the key.

I didn't ring the doorbell. I turned the doorknob and let myself in.

Meet the Author

Monique Polak has written many novels for young adults, including her historical novel, What World Is Left, which won the 2009 Québec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature. In addition to writing award-winning books for youth, Monique Polak teaches English and Humanities at Marianopolis College in Montréal, Québec, and also works as a freelance journalist. For more information, visit www.moniquepolak.com.

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Home Invasion 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Home Invasion is a really good book but I feel like it doesn't have a well developed plot or characters. The thing about it is, is that the story is a little bit too cheesy and it isn't really althat good or interesting. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS BOOK-IT ISN'T VERY GOOD. You see, I would give it a -245535705322807348346886542257885446433772579643589833678743504246898632369086432, but it isn't possible. So don't read this book. And if you still want to read this book, then you should read on... Do you ever buy trash? I didn't think so. So don't buy this piece of garbage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
home invasion is an really good book. It is about a kid named josh and he has a stepfather and josh does not like his stepfather and josh real father is in china building a bridge. and they have a neigbor and the burglar breaks in the neigbors house and ties them up and josh is in there closet and he comes out and hit the burlar in the head with an buck and the cops come and arrest the burgular and that is what the book is about.This is an really good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Home Invasion is a tale of a boy who has an unusual urge and curiosity of watching people when they're not looking, in their homes! When a burgular is on the loose Josh comes to the rescue. It is a good book because of the excitement and the foreshadowing. Also, it is an easy book to relate to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They book had some funny parts. Plus, the action the boy, Josh, did was insane. He did the action in order to convince his mom that his stepfather is a fake. No one else in the book is crazy like him.