No More Pranks

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Her words rang in my head. "Three minutes until you lose sensation in your extremities." I wriggled my fingers and toes. While I still could."

Pete likes to play pranks. It doesn't matter what it is as long as it gets a laugh. When he impersonates his vice principal on a radio call-in show, he goes too far and is suspended from school. Pete's parents send him to spend the summer working with his uncle, a whale-watching guide in a tourist town far from the city. When a whale is ...

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Overview

Her words rang in my head. "Three minutes until you lose sensation in your extremities." I wriggled my fingers and toes. While I still could."

Pete likes to play pranks. It doesn't matter what it is as long as it gets a laugh. When he impersonates his vice principal on a radio call-in show, he goes too far and is suspended from school. Pete's parents send him to spend the summer working with his uncle, a whale-watching guide in a tourist town far from the city. When a whale is injured by a reckless tour guide, Pete struggles to save the animal. Then Pete has to pull the most important prank of his life to bring the guide to justice.

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Editorial Reviews

Canadian Book Review Annual
"Polak develops Pete's character in a believable and satisfactory way. Her writing communicates her knowledge of the setting and her research on whales. Recommended."
CM Magazine
"[Polak] has captured the teenage mind while still making her point. A good read. Highly recommended."
KLIATT
Another offering in a series for reluctant YA readers from Orca, this one features humor and action—and whales! Pete, the narrator, small for his age, manages a horrific (and funny) prank at school and ends up in big trouble. His punishment is to spend his summer vacation working for his Uncle Jean, six hours north of Montreal on the St. Lawrence River. His uncle has a small business taking tourists and whale watchers out on the river. The bad guys are those who use motor boats to take tourists out, getting too close to the whales, frightening them and polluting the water and air with gas fumes. Pete uses his wit and ability to set up outrageous pranks to nail the perpetrators, with the help of his new friend Rosalie. This will have wide appeal. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Orca Soundings, 100p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Claire Rosser
VOYA
The Canadian-based Orca Soundings series fulfills the wishes of countless librarians and teachers by providing well-written, relevant stories geared toward lower level readers. These slender books are an easy sell with their colorful, teen-savvy covers and edgy titles. A broad range of topics and viewpoints allow readers plenty of choices for individual reading preferences, as demonstrated by four recent additions. No More Pranks relates the story of mischievous Pete, who has just been suspended from school for calling a sex talk show and pretending to be one of his teachers. His punishment is to spend the summer living with his Uncle Jean, who runs a kayaking company in Tadoussac on the St. Lawrence River. The French Canadian wilderness is an especially satisfying setting for Pete's subsequent misadventures, culminating in a prank that might catch some bad guys-or get Pete killed. Lots of action here, combined with nice insights on the clash between tourism and the preservation of natural environments. There are eighteen previous books in the series. Most are suitable for middle school through high school readers. There are many reasons why teens find themselves uninterested in reading, but these books are great tools for luring them back. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Orca, 100p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.
—Diane Emge
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551433158
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Orca Soundings Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 948,865
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Monique Polak has written many novels for young adults, including her historical novel, What World Is Left, which won the 2009 Quebec 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 Montreal, Quebec, and also works as a freelance journalist. Monique lives in Montreal with her husband, a newspaper man.

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Uncle Jean did the one thing you're never supposed to do in a kayak. He leaned over hard, so that all his weight bore down on one side of the kayak. And Uncle Jean is big. We were about to capsize.

Aunt Daisy's words rang in my head, like a song you can't forget, no matter how hard you try. "Three minutes until you lose sensation in your extremities."

I wriggled my fingers and toes. While I still could.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Yep

    I do like this book but to me it failed to make me want to read more but it was good so i would read it and the pranks dont try tjem at home

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

    No More Pranks

    No More Pranks is mainly about a boy named Joseph. His father sent Joseph to Montreal to live with his uncle, because he always does prank non-stop. After, he met this girl named Rosalie. When they started to hang-out she told Joseph to stop doing pranks; it's a bad thing to do. When I started to read No More Pranks, it was getting really interesting, because it started off when Joseph was sent to Montreal, Rosalie thinks Joseph is doing pranks, because he's really stressed about how his life. No More Pranks is a Realistic Fiction. The author's writing style is she is trying tell is when the book said the characters is doing pranks it doesn't really mean that the person who is ready the book can do pranks too. I like this book because it tells what some people do and trying to find a way to stop. When the victim sees a humpback whale they kill it. I would rate this as a 5 star.

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