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The city is cracking down on graffiti and guerilla art. Between that and cutbacks to the local art gallery it seems like nothing is safe. But Oswald, masquerading as a graffiti artist known as The Wiz, is fighting back—by painting elaborate murals in public places and planting art in the galleries, and then by taking on the mayor himself. As the fight escalates and the stakes become higher, Oswald gets in deeper than he meant to and needs to rely on his friends to get him out of...
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The city is cracking down on graffiti and guerilla art. Between that and cutbacks to the local art gallery it seems like nothing is safe. But Oswald, masquerading as a graffiti artist known as The Wiz, is fighting back—by painting elaborate murals in public places and planting art in the galleries, and then by taking on the mayor himself. As the fight escalates and the stakes become higher, Oswald gets in deeper than he meant to and needs to rely on his friends to get him out of his latest mess.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An age-old debate—is graffiti art or vandalism?—takes center stage in Walter’s high-energy tale, part of the Orca Soundings series and written at a fourth-grade reading level. Teens Ian and Julia are puzzled by their friend Oswald’s interest in a series of politically motivated, spray-painted murals that pop up around the city bearing the tag Wiz. But the pieces come together when Oswald admits his secret identity as the guerilla artist and that his motives were to create a portfolio for art school and call out a misguided mayor. An endnote featuring a quote from a Toronto street artist, Deadboy, gives the proceedings additional in-the-know cred. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)
CM Magazine
"Combines everyday, likeable characters in a contemporary setting with a fast-paced mystery. Despite the novel's brevity, Walters succeeds in creating believable characters with whom readers can readily identify. In addition to these winning elements, Walters includes engaging discussions on art history, what people consider art, and freedom of expression...Great food for thought!...Highly Recommended."
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"A quick, light read; heavy on dialogue and action to keep the reader moving and the reluctant reader hooked."
"Inspired by the experiences of areal Toronto tagger who tacks on a testimonial of his own, Walters' tale makes a refreshing change of pace from the sports- or personal-crisis-driven stories often aimed at unenthusiastic or less able older readers."
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"The issues discussed are relevant to today’s teens...This novel fills a need for diverse high school readers."
VOYA - Jen McConnel
With contemporary settings, gritty realities, and snappy story lines, the Orca Soundings series is designed for reluctant teen readers. These easy-to-read books would be good additions to a classroom library. In Tagged, Oswald is more than he seems. This quiet boy takes on a new identity as a street artist, using elaborate graffiti to protest the corrupt mayor. In an idyllic showdown, he not only defeats the mayor but also earns the respect of his peers. Written by a variety of authors, the books in this series deal with concerns facing modern teens. The stories are quick reads with predictable endings, and although each deals with real issues such as child abuse, rape, and political corruption, the books are over too quickly to do more than skirt the surface of these topics. Still, they offer a fast, easy read that will engage some adolescents. (Orca Soundings) Reviewer: Jen McConnel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459801677
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 604,979
  • Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Walters began writing in 1993 as a way to entice his grade-five students into becoming more interested in reading and writing. At the end of the year, one student suggested that he try to have his story published. Since that first creation, Eric has published more than seventy novels. Often his stories incorporate themes that reflect his background in education and social work and his commitment to humanitarian and social-justice issues. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to more than seventy thousand students per year in schools across the country. Eric is a father of three and lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with his wife, Anita. For more information, visit www.ericwalters.net.

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I was going to kill Oswald when I found him. What was he up to?
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