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KLIATTAnother 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.