by Sara Cassidy


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Liza, determined to prove that her mother's boyfriend is no good, starts researching the oil company he works for. Liza discovers a lawsuit against the company for compensation that is long overdue to Guatemalan farmers. She starts a group at school called GRRR! (Girls for Renewable Resources, Really!) and launches an attack on Argenta Oil. As her activism activities increase, her objections to her mother's boyfriend become political. She is learning to separate the personal from the political, but when her mother discovers her plans for a demonstration outside the Argenta Oil head office, the two collide in ways Liza least suspected.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554693528
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Series: Orca Currents Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: HL620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Sara Cassidy has worked as a youth-hostel manager, a newspaper reporter and a tree planter, in five Canadian provinces. Her books have been short-listed for the Chocolate Lily Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, and two were Junior Library Guild selections. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction for adults have been widely published. For more information, visit

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"Hi, Laura! Hi, kids!" he says, overfriendly and not waiting for an answer. I don't even want to say his name. I hate him. I totally, absolutely, completely, really, truly hate him.

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Slick 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JeneenNammar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
5th to 8th grade. Sara Cassidy writes a fast paced, inspirational tale of teenage eco activism in hi-lo book Slick. Liza is a teenager upset over her parent's divorce and her mother's new boyfriend. She researches the oil company that the boyfriend works for, and finds out how it is avoiding making reparations to Guatemalan farmers. She channels her feelings into organizing an activist group called GRRR! (Girls for Renewable Resources Really!). She plans out a demonstration on that oil company, but finally discovers that the new boyfriend is made of better stuff than she had suspected. In addition to the creative plot, Slick is appealing for its humor and irresistible spirit. Easy and fun to read, Slick will be a hit with young patrons. This book is highly recommended to public and middle school libraries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Viper and cleaver bio comming soon
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Liza does not like her mom's boyfriend. When she discovers that he works for an oil company accused of environmental harm, she vows to expose the company and make it pay for the damage. Her efforts to form a new club at school, Girls for Renewable Resources, Really (GRRR), is comical but Liza is determined to not only get rid of the man in her mom's life but also to really help the people in Guatamala who have been so horrifically affected by the large oil company's actions. A great hi-lo read for teens interested in environmental issues.