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Jordan's brother was killed two years ago in what appeared to be a random act. Now, as the family reads their impact statements in court before the suspect is sentenced, a different story emerges. Maybe this was not a random act. Maybe Jordan knows more than he is saying. What was the impact of that violent act? And who set the wheels in motion?
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Jordan's brother was killed two years ago in what appeared to be a random act. Now, as the family reads their impact statements in court before the suspect is sentenced, a different story emerges. Maybe this was not a random act. Maybe Jordan knows more than he is saying. What was the impact of that violent act? And who set the wheels in motion?
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"Students, particularly boys, who are struggling to read, may be intrigued by this story of revengeful stalking, murder and betrayal."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
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Children's Literature - Mary Jo Edwards
As his broken father reads his victim impact statement at Mark's murder trial, eighteen-year-old Jordan reflects on the events preceding his older brother's death as well as the trial itself. After the sentences are rendered, Jordan is approached by one of the guilty boys, who reminds Jordan that he did not reveal their dirty little secret on the witness stand. Their brief but revealing interaction does not occur until late in the story. Dekker's second novel in the "Orca Soundings" series focuses on the role that Jordan's jealousy played in his brother's murder and his subsequent guilt and shame. In addition, Dekker relates from Jordan's perspective how Mark's death and his short but well-lived life affected not only his younger brother but also his parents, his new girlfriend, and his friends. The characters in this brief, somber title come across as real and sympathetic. Dekker demonstrates how jealousy and secrets can destroy lives. Reviewer: Mary Jo Edwards
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551439952
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Orca Soundings Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,391,436
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

James C. Dekker is a first-time author and a fresh new voice in teen fiction. He lives in Toronto, Ontario, and, as far as he knows, is not known to police.
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"Mark was my firstborn son," my father says, reading the words he has written. "He was a good boy and a hard worker. His mother and I were so proud of him"

But that didn't stop someone from killing him.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

    IMPACT is the story of a family facing the violent death of their oldest son. Told from the point of view of younger son Jordan, the story reveals his guilt about the death of his older brother and the impact the event has on the young man's parents.

    Basically, the guilty parties have been apprehended and arrested, and now it's time for the trial. Reliving the beating death of their son and brother is a horrific challenge. They want justice but they never imagined how slowly and painfully the wheels of justice would turn. Despite the identification of suspects, the gathering of evidence, the interviewing of witnesses, and preparing for trial, this family attempts to return to a normal life.

    Readers will sense the frustration of the characters as they listen to testimonies and hear the attorneys twist and turn statements to suit their individual clients. All the while they will observe as Jordan and his parents remember the events leading up to the tragic night Mark was clubbed, beaten, and kicked to death.

    James C. Dekker tells this moving account of a family's suffering that is all too frequently reported on evening news broadcasts. Using a simple, straightforward style and words spoken from the heart of the family members, Dekker paints a picture that will move even the most jaded reader.

    In our violent world, this story is painfully familiar and one we wouldn't wish on our worst enemy.

    Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"

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