Publishers WeeklyFour 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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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.