The Chain

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Four vignettes, loosely linked by a used book that plays a role in each story, form the “chain” referred to in the title of Gray’s work, written at a fourth-grade reading level and first published in the U.K. In three of the four sections, teenage boys behaving badly—accepting a dare to earn admittance to a gang, cheating at a card game, and dating two girls at once—lead to hand-wringing and guilt (though no real consequences for the perpetrators). A final episode about a girl and her dying father feels tacked on. Overall, this book sounds a false note, with stiff prose and unsatisfying conclusions. Ages 11–up. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781121733
  • Publisher: Stoke Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Pages: 75
  • Sales rank: 1,015,151
  • Lexile: HL540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

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    The four stories in this short (75 p.) hi-lo book  are loosely l

    The four stories in this short (75 p.) hi-lo book  are loosely linked (or chained, thus the title), by a book which moves from one story to the next.  Although the protagonists are teens, their actions would be more likely seen in pre-teens or younger.  One boy steals a book from his favorite teacher as his admittance into the inner circle of a bully, one boy gambles, one has two girlfriends, and a girl reads to her dying father.  The stories themselves didn't hold my interes and I was a bit put off by a few sentences in the story about the cheating boy--one chapter ends, "They didn't do much more than kiss, but he did manage to get her bra off."  Really?  A secondary purchase at best if you are in dire need of hi-low books.

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