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See No Evil
     

See No Evil

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by Diane Young
 

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When Shawn and Daniel witness a gang beating behind the local mall they flee the scene, terrified that they've been seen. They recognize one of the attackers as a locally infamous gang member. When they learn that the kid who was attacked is in critical condition, Shawn wants to go to the police, but Daniel convinces him that they are in more danger if they speak up.

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When Shawn and Daniel witness a gang beating behind the local mall they flee the scene, terrified that they've been seen. They recognize one of the attackers as a locally infamous gang member. When they learn that the kid who was attacked is in critical condition, Shawn wants to go to the police, but Daniel convinces him that they are in more danger if they speak up. The threats they receive from other members of the gang reinforce the boys' fears. When the gang attacks Daniel, Shawn has to put his own safety at risk to help his friend.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Susan Allen
Daniel and Shawn take the shortcut home, the one behind the mall. They see a group of guys kicking someone curled up on the ground. Realizing that the incident is gang related and that one of the gang members, Damien Sykes, is staring right at them, they take off running. Daniel and Shawn are fearful that Damien recognized them and will come after them. With perfect timing Maya, a girl in whom Daniel is interested, starts asking him out-at the times he is supposed to be home taking care of his younger brother. The story seesaws between these story lines, keeping a strong tension at all times. As with the other books in the Orca Currents series, this volume is easy to read but holds high interest. Many middle and early high school students will be able to relate to the events revealed here. The characters are believable and well defined, and the writing is crisp and clean.
KLIATT - Sherri Ginsberg
This is actually an elongated short story designed to pull reluctant readers in and keep them there until the finish line. A single parent dad is trying to raise his two boys in an apartment building in an undesirable neighborhood. The older boy is of course responsible for his younger brother until dad comes home from work. The boys are making their way to the mall via a shortcut when they run into trouble. Some kids are blocking their way; and the two boys split, with one getting away and the other one left behind. It's a short, high-interest novel that should engage reluctant readers.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Foucart
When taking a shortcut home from school one night, Shawn and his best friend Daniel witness a brutal beating. They run away, but not before both get a good look at the gang leader Damien Sykes. And Damien gets a good look at them. Both boys are sickened by what they have seen but too scared to tell anyone for fear of retribution. But when Shawn is approached by someone who normally would not speak to him, he begins to believe that he and Daniel were recognized. Now the boys have a choice to make—continue to try and forget what happened, or leave an anonymous tip for the police and hope the gang members are caught. But will they make their choice too late? Published for reluctant readers, this is a fast-paced book with a lot of action. The accessible language and easy-to-follow story line make it a perfect choice for readers who might still be below grade level in reading but enjoy a good story.
CM Magazine
"A fast-paced, event-driven story...A page-turner for kids who are beginning to read at this level and for reluctant readers. Recommended."
TeensReadToo.com
"Compelling characters and a plot that is right out of today's headlines...A quick, easy read that will appeal to reluctant readers."
Kalwriters.com
"The fight and chase scenes are absolutely tantalizing."
Canadian Book Review Annual
"An enthralling novel about urban grittiness and realism...The plot is fast-paced, the dialogue is crisp and realistic...Highly recommended."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551436647
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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I just stand there, listening to the blood pounding in my head. I'm aware of Daniel beside me, can almost hear him breathing. We're dead quiet, but the gang must sense us. The short one has been crouching, looking at the person on the ground. Now he straightens up, turns in our direction. In a low voice, he says something I can't hear. For a second, he steps into the light, and I catch a glimpse of his face. It's angular and bony. Skull-like. I know who it belongs to. His name is Damien Sykes. Lots of people know him. I just pray he doesn't know me.

He's seen us. "Hey! You!" he shouts. Somehow his words break the spell, and we can move. Beside me, Daniel has finally found his feet. He slams into me as he wheels around and takes off in the same direction we've come from. I am right behind him.

Meet the Author

Diane Young has edited many books for children and young adults. See No Evil is Diane's first book with Orca Book Publishers.

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See No Evil 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Taking a shortcut home from school, Shawn and Daniel are strolling down the service lane behind the mall when they see someone being kicked and beaten by three guys. They recognize one of the attackers as a local gang member. Terrified that they might be next, they make a run for the mall entrance, escaping the pursuing boy.

Shawn wants to go to the police when they learn that the kid who was attacked is in critical condition, but Daniel is afraid that the attackers will come after them if they report what they saw. Then they are threatened by other gang members.

The ID card that Daniel lost when he was running from the gang members is turned in to the Police Department and they question Daniel, thinking he might have been involved in the beating that they witnessed. Then, as a severe warning, Daniel, too, is attacked and beaten by those same gang members, and Shawn has to put his own safety at risk to help his friend.

SEE NO EVIL is an exciting story about right and wrong and the gray areas in between, with compelling characters and a plot that is right out of today's headlines. It's a quick, easy read, in a book size that will appeal to those reluctant readers. They will be motivated by the fast-paced action scenes of this high-interest, lower reading level story as presented by Orca Book Publishers, and it's guaranteed to keep their attention riveted on the story to the very end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's very good
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