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STALKER

Author: Helen Orme

Illustrator: Cathy Brett and Anna Torborg

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Publisher: Ransom Publishing Ltd,

Material: paperback

Summary: The Sisters are off to the fair. Going without their parents is a big deal, and they promised to stay together. Kelly, however, changes her mind after a few unfortunate events with her dream fellow and Siti’s younger brat brother, Daudi. After leaving the fair alone, she gets a real scare — someone is following her! This is a chapter book series for reluctant readers (reading at ages 7-8).

Type of Reading: family reading, read aloud book, remedial reader

Recommended Age: read together: 7 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 7 to 10

Age of Child: Read by a 14-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: This child had read some of the other titles and so was more than ready to attack another book about the Sisters.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the fact that the title gave you one idea (I was worried about Kelly) but it ended in a surprise. When I saw the title, I was sure one of the girls was going to be stalked. Later in the story, I had to adjust my prediction. It certainly reflected a common frustration of kids just old enough to do some things on their own (and a major concern for parents).

Pros: This book held an important message about kids being safe and sticking together when they go out. It sent the message without being preachy and ended up with a safe, happy ending.

Cons: I didn’t see much of a negative in this one except for the terrible word use on one page: "He had got hold of”. As a writing teacher, that made me cringe.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a good book if you are dealing with a child who is straining for independence.

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Educational Themes: I worked on a project with Girls, Inc. a few years ago and I can see this book as a great one to share with those 6th to 8th grade girls. It shows what might happen if you shrug off Mom’s and Dad’s attempts to help you stay safe. It could also be used in a writing context: ask students to rewrite parts with stronger language or to skew this story to have a different ending.

Literary Categories: Fiction - friendship, reluctant reader, remedial reading, series book

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2007

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