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The Snowball Effect (Orca Currents) Library Binding – October 1, 2010

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Like so many books in the Orca Currents series, a tough moral dilemma is swiftly presented and then painfully played out: 15-year-old Dylan is pitching “snow bombs” (snowballs with rocks in the center) at passing cars with his friends when one of their targets loses control and crashes. While the rest of the gang flees, Dylan checks on the driver and discovers that she is the mother of a classmate. She is injured but thinks Dylan is a hero, an opinion the rest of the town is happy to embrace. Soon Dylan’s being treated like a king—and being eaten up inside by guilt. Loughead is especially good at depicting Dylan’s physical turmoil, with constant mentions of his feelings of nausea. The snowball metaphor—how a single lie grows increasingly large—is also well handled. Loughead leans to the comforting side of things at her own peril: the retaliatory threat of the other boys present at the accident never materializes, and the parent characters are uniformly wonderful. Reluctant readers, though, will appreciate this intelligent drama. Grades 4-7. --Daniel Kraus


"[A] fast-paced story that will resonate with young readers because of its relevant themes. Dylan's guilty conscience and fear of exposure heighten the story's drama…Reluctant readers will appreciate the captivating plot, and the short, low-vocab design of the novel ensures it will be accessible to those reading below grade level." (CM Magazine 2010-10-01)

"Deals with contemporary issues in a concise, clear manner, and even though the reading level is lower, there is excellent use of new language that will create opportunities for expanding the reader's vocabulary…This book is full of teachable moments, most notably the idea that you can learn from your mistakes and become a better person…Recommended." (Resource Links 2010-10-01)

"Loughead is especially good at depicting Dylan's physical turmoil...The snowball metaphor—how a single lie grows increasingly large—is also well handled…[An] intelligent drama." (Booklist 2010-11-01)

"Loughead creates a very realistic teen dilemma...Reluctant readers will keep plowing through simply to see if Dylan can undo all the damage he has caused." (School Library Journal 2011-03-01)

"A good read about accepting consequences of one's own behavior." (Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media 2011-04-01) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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