Children's LiteratureThis new novel by Eric Wilson, a Tom Austin Mystery, will be a surefire hit with young mystery lovers. Young Tom Austin takes a wrong turn into trouble when he accidentally meets up with one of Vancouver's notorious drug dealers named Spike. Tom poses as a runaway on Skid Road, a crimeridden area where drug deals go down. Tom tries to help local police uncover a gang selling drugs to young kids. Tom's real "Vancouver Nightmare" begins when his true identity is discovered. The theme of good versus evil will draw readers into this novel, which is full of intense intrigue and suspense. The young protagonist also reveals his character as one of integrity and proves to be a real role model that readers can admire. 2000, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 9 to 12, $4.99. Reviewer: Sue Reichard
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-8-With the Hardy Boys as heroes and stars in his eyes, Tom Austen has a nose for adventure. He is investigating full throttle in Murder on the Canadian and mysterious dirty dealings keep him up nights in Vancouver Nightmare. Wilson clearly had curious readers with little time to spare in mind when he wrote these awesome escapades. The writing is punchy and leaves youngsters wanting more. They will be quickly drawn into the stories and will stick with them until the conclusions when the author and his alter ego, Austen, tie up all the loose ends and see justice served. Short and sharp, these books are great for reluctant upper elementary and young adult readers.-Lisa Denton, J. S. Russell JHS, Lawrenceville, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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