Tampered

Tampered

by Michele Martin Bossley
     
 

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Trevor has started his first job at Ashton's Fresh Marketplace, where someone has been tampering with the food. Cayenne has been sprinkled on cookies, garlic put in coffee, and plastic insects hidden in fruit displays to terrify customers. Trevor and his friends Nick and Robyn decide to find out who is out to destroy the store's reputation. Is it Mattie, the

Overview

Trevor has started his first job at Ashton's Fresh Marketplace, where someone has been tampering with the food. Cayenne has been sprinkled on cookies, garlic put in coffee, and plastic insects hidden in fruit displays to terrify customers. Trevor and his friends Nick and Robyn decide to find out who is out to destroy the store's reputation. Is it Mattie, the disgruntled ex-employee? Or perhaps the competition? Or is it Alex, their schoolmate who doesn't know when a joke has gone too far? Their snooping makes the kids themselves seem suspicious, and soon they realize they have to solve the mystery before Trevor gets fired for a crime he didn't commit.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"A finely crafted story, one in which readers, along with Trevor, will overcome obstacles to find that truth and justice prevail. The novel’s a page turner, and I highly recommended to both school and public libraries for their teen collections."
Lower Columbia Review Group WLMA
"A story about friendship and team work...This was a very fast read but still had enjoyable characters and story line."
Library Media Connection
"A quick whodunit for reluctant readers. Chapters are short and direct. There is enough action in the book to keep kids reading. The characters are believable and realistic, as is the plot...A good hi/lo choice for the older middle school age group."
Resource Links
"A fun addition to a quick read collection; even an enjoyable read-aloud."
VOYA - Lauri J. Vaughan
Designed for low-ability middle school readers, the titles in the Orca Currents collection also work just fine for high school students with reading abilities ranging from 2 to 4.5. Tampered and Caught in the Act both feature teens embroiled in nonviolent criminal activity for which they, or a friend, are falsely accused. Solving their respective mysteries is the central conflict in each. In Tampered, Trevor's new job at the local supermarket is threatened when incidents of food tampering start piling up. Trevor's prankster friend, Alex, and Mattie, a recently fired employee, are likely suspects. The novel suffers from some confusing dialogue, and shedding an extraneous character would have served to strengthen the central story. Caught in the Act features Dylan, who is accused of robbing several vacation cottages. In both stories, teens are judged by others largely because they were previously involved in criminal activity. The plot lines roll along quickly and contain enough realistic but extenuating circumstances to make them plausible and enjoyable. The consistency of length and complexity, the availability of online teacher guides associated with all Orca titles, and the growing size and diversity of the Orca Currents (as well as Orca Soundings, which is targeted at slightly older teens) make these books superior choices for classroom collections serving teens with low reading skills. Librarians paying attention will create lists of read-alikes that could ramp up readers to more sophisticated titles. (Orca Currents) Reviewer: Lauri J. Vaughan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459803596
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2013
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
136
Sales rank:
1,103,340
Lexile:
590L (what's this?)
File size:
655 KB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Michele Martin Bossley was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Her sixth grade teacher encouraged her to write down the stories she enjoyed creating, but it wasn't until high school that Michele really began to consider writing as a career. She graduated from the University of Calgary in 1991, and began working seriously on writing children's books. Michele is the author of eighteen novels for young people. Ten of her books have been chosen by the Canadian Children's Book Centre for the Our Choice list. Others have been nominated for the Manitoba and Alberta Reader's Choice Award, and she was runner-up for the 1997 Writer's Guild of Alberta R. Ross Annett Children's Literature award. Many of Michele's books focus on different sports. As a former athlete, she was involved in synchronized swimming in her teens and competitive swimming in university. She has also coached young swimmers, in addition to coaching her twin sons' soccer and hockey teams, and draws on much of that experience for her books. A frequent speaker at writing conferences and schools, Michele divides her time between writing and parenting her four sons. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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