Watch Me

Watch Me

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by Norah McClintock
     
 

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At first Kaz intends to help the old lady who’s fallen in the park. But then he starts thinking about how he never gets what he wants. The next thing he knows, he’s running away with her purse. The purse contains only five dollars and a battered watch. When Kaz learns who the old woman is and where the watch came from, he begins to understand consequences

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At first Kaz intends to help the old lady who’s fallen in the park. But then he starts thinking about how he never gets what he wants. The next thing he knows, he’s running away with her purse. The purse contains only five dollars and a battered watch. When Kaz learns who the old woman is and where the watch came from, he begins to understand consequences in a new way.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
Kaz's life just sucks. He has one loyal friend. His mother and her live-in boyfriend just do not get anything. His father, whom he saved from a fire, has no contact with him. He is physically scarred on an entire side of his body from that same fire. He has undiagnosed dyslexia. On top of all of that, he is tormented almost daily by the school bully who never gets in trouble. It is no wonder, then, that on a particularly bad day, Kaz snaps and does something very regrettable. Something he cannot take back. Norah McClintock has created a pitiful character in Kaz but one that also makes the reader believe that he can overcome. He just needs a little push, a little compassion, a little acceptance, and a second chance. Because he receives these things from some very unexpected places, Kaz's story becomes one of hope and new beginnings. Reviewer: Trina Heidt
Tucson Unified School District
"Highly recommended."
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"McClintock...delivers another winner for the reluctant teen reader."
CM Magazine
"A well-rounded story that includes many issues and emotions to which students can easily relate...The story is one that is very close to the lives of the many members of its reading audience: it is a story of frustration and difference; it is about being fed up and snapping...Highly Recommended."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554697731
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Series:
Orca Currents Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

"Go out for a pass," he said.

The old lady was still ahead of us. She had already reached the park and was walking alongside it. I ran past her into the park. Drew's arm arced back and over his head. He sent the Frisbee sailing through the air. But it didn't come straight at me. Instead it curved to the left. I ran for it. I was in the clear too--until the old lady in the black coat suddenly started down the path that cut through the park. She must not have been paying attention. I yelled for her to look out, but all she did was turn and stare at me. Maybe she hadn't heard what I said. Then, boink, the Frisbee hit her on the side of the head. I saw the starteled expression on her face. She staggered a little to one side. Her foot slipped off the path. Her ankle twisted. Then she crashed to the ground and just lay there.

Meet the Author

Norah McClintock's fascinating mysteries are hard to put down. She is a five-time winner of the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Novel. Although Norah is a freelance editor, she still manages to write at least one novel a year. Norah grew up in Montreal, Quebec, and now lives with her family in Toronto, Ontario. This is her eleventh book with Orca.

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Watch Me 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Ericka_Kathryn More than 1 year ago
Book title and author: ¿Watch Me¿ by Norah McClintock Title of review: Watch Me 3 out of 5 stars This story is juvenile fiction that will keep you on your toes. Once you start reading, you will not want to put the wonderful book down. All of the different problems in the story combine, and all conclude each other in the end. This story is very interesting, and I¿d give it about a 3 star rating. A boy named Kaz is a bullied outcast who didn¿t receive a game system for his birthday. One day he is playing Frisbee when he knocks an old lady down out of a bank. Suddenly he grabs her purse and takes off. In the old lady¿s purse he finds five dollars and an old battered watch. At school he gets detention with a popular girl that befriends him; who is the old lady¿s granddaughter. Jana tells him Kaz about her grandmother who is hospitalized after having her purse stolen. Kaz finds out that the watch, which was in the purse that he had stolen, had been to World War II with the old lady. Jana¿s grandmother was having the watch fixed to send to Jana¿s brother fighting in Afghanistan. Kaz realizes the impact of his actions and decides what he¿s going to do. My evaluation of the book was that I thought that it was very bad of Kaz to do that, but yet, he was starting to feel bad about what he had done, which was a good thing. It made me start to think of the book as a, ¿what goes around comes around,¿ kind of setting. You realize that just because you don¿t get what you want, it doesn¿t mean it¿s the end of the world. Also, that if you did something you¿re ashamed of, it¿s better to do the right thing, even if you feel embarrassed about it. Kaz had his mind set on getting that game system for his birthday. The reason he acted how he did is because he was upset about it. He expected it, and then he realized a lot of people expect things but don¿t always get them. He then feels bad for the way he acted and wants to go back in time and take it all back; realizing that because he didn¿t get what he wanted is no reason for his intolerable acts. Kaz did the right thing by diving back the purse to the old woman, because he knew it was the right thing to do. My final review of this book is that it was a good book, with a kind of twisty mystery theme. When the boy takes the purse from the old lady, I didn¿t really expect it, but after all, he was a bullied outcast. I feel as if the book had me wanting to keep going on and reading more. After reading this book, the mysteries add up and tie together. It¿s a very good book, and I would recommend it to my friends and family.