Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.
A great coming of age novel...It speaks volumes to teens about the
destructiveness of drug use, anger, and idleness, while directly
showing that there are always consequences for our actions. And,
while the novel has wonderful themes for exploration, it also has
an extremely engaging format. McClintock did a superb job creating
the voice for Quentin, who narrates his story just like teenagers
speak today...[It's] a wonderful format to engross the reader, and
I absolutely love it. There is just enough mystery to peak
interest, while not overwhelming or confusing the reader. I
recommend this for all age groups, but especially reluctant
readers. I strongly believe that this novel, along with other Orca
Soundings books, will push reluctant readers to progressively read
more, and build their way to higher reading levels.--
A powerful book...[that will] meet some important needs.-- "Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books"
Fast-paced...narration style makes it easier to cover longer amounts of time in a shorter space. Recommended.-- "CM Magazine"
Maintains the perfect balance of good story, age-appropriate conflict, good writing [with] a controlled vocabulary and style.-- "Resource Links"