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Charlie's Key Paperback – October 1, 2011

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"While foggy cliffs and colorful villages effectively evoke the exotic Newfoundland setting, it's the mystery that moves the tale forward...A fast-paced, often riveting mystery with a plausible, thrilling climax." (Kirkus Reviews 2011-08-31)

"This suspenseful mystery keeps the reader engaged...Charlie is a very likeable character, one to whom readers will easily relate. In addition to the major themes, censorship and literacy are issues which are also brought up and could instigate conversation in a classroom. Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine 2011-12-09)

"Charlie is a true teen hero. Faced with a situation that would be well beyond the abilities of the average 13-year-old, Charlie is a character that will catch the attention of most teenagers. A fast-moving and exciting plot leaves the reader wanting more at the end of each page. The descriptions of Newfoundland are haunting, creating a compelling visual backdrop for the story. The conclusion is both believable and satisfying." (Resource Links 2011-12-01)

"Mills' writing seamlessly brings together the pathos of Charlie's situation with the coarseness of Frankie's and Nick's circumstances...The cliff hangers, beyond those of its setting, repeatedly lead the reader to anticipate but instead surprise, just the way a great thriller should." (CanLit for Little Canadians blog 2012-02-07)

"In Charlie, Rob Mills has created a nearly perfect, enigmatic character. Charlie is naïve yet worldly. He is compassionate and vulnerable, yet resilient and resourceful...The falling action is equally intriguing, and when the reader reaches the ending, he finds it to be shocking and emotional. Readers will want a sequel, needless to say, in order to discover the next chapter in Charlie's life. Mills combines contemporary topics like child abuse and a writing style that is full of local color and dialect to give us an excellent book." (Tri State YA Book Review Committee 2012-03-01)

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I feel his hand twitch and twitch again. I put both my hands around his. And then, just a tiny bit, it opens. Then a bit more, and I feel something drop out of it, small, hard, hot in my palm. A key. I can tell without even looking. When Charlie Sykes wakes up an orphan in a St. John's hospital, he inherits little more than a brass key and memories of life with his father in northern Alberta. Then Uncle Nick, newly paroled from a long prison term, shows up and claims the key is rightfully his. But Charlie refuses to give it up and leads Nick on a wild chase through old St. John's, across Signal Hill and out to the coast. There, high above the rugged Atlantic, Charlie finally comes face-to-face with a family history that will leave him with a new understanding of where he comes from and where he's going.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 6 - 12
  • Lexile Measure: 790L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers; 1 edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554698723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554698721
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,050,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise Jolly on December 7, 2012
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Orca Book Publishers|October 1, 2011|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-55469-872-1

When Charlie Sykes wakes up in hospital in St. John's, he learns that he and his father have been in a car accident and that his father is dying. Charlie inherits little more than the brass key that his father pressed into his hand before he passed away. As far as Charlie knows, he has no family in Newfoundland. But then Uncle Nick shows up and is keen to meet this nephew - not because of who Charlie is, but rather because of what Charlie has: the key. That key will unlock a treasure Uncle Nick began searching for more than thirty years earlier. And he would have found it all those years ago if he hadn't been arrested and sent away for murder. But Charlie isn't convinced he should give up the key. He leads Uncle Nick on a wild chase through old St. John's, across Signal Hill and out to the coast. There, high above the rugged Atlantic, Charlie finally comes face-to-face with Uncle Nick, the treasure, and a family history that will leave him with a new understanding of where he comes from and where he's going.

My Review:

Charlie Sykes and his father, Michael had been in a bad car crash. Charlie doesn't remember anything after the moose hitting them and then waking up in the hospital. The cops are there and ask if he wants to see his Dad and Charlie says "yes", although he knows it's going to hurt like hell. The nurses put Charlie into wheelchair, takes him up two floors to the intensive care unit. Charlie thought his Dad would be in a quiet room where it was dark since he was hurt so bad but this room was full of light, noise and machines.
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