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August 10, 2008

Home Invasion

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Home Invasion

Author: Monique Polak    

Page Length: 105

Reading Level: 4

Genre: Fiction        

PLOT SUMMARY:  The story opens the summer before Josh, the narrator enters 10th grade.  He introduces the reader to his mom and her new husband, Clay, an artistic type.  They live in the city of Montreal, where there have been several “home invasions” where people have been robbed.

Josh’s granddad has a heart attack, so his mom has to go to his home and care for him, leaving Josh and Clay, home—alone.  Neither of the males is crazy about this situation; they both love Josh’s mom, but are not fond of each other.   Clay surprises Josh, by paying for him to go to basketball camp so that he can have time to work on his art.

Josh meets the new neighbors down the street, the Levesques, who have a daughter, Patsy, also entering 10th grade.  Josh finds himself in more than one situation, where he has entered the Levesque home, uninvited and goes into hiding.  He experiences an enter thrill and feels he might relate to the “home invaders.”  Although he doesn’t rob the new neighbors, he does overhear some confidential conversations.

The story continues with basketball camp, Clay, more “home invasions” by Josh, and the real home invaders and a blossoming relationship between Patsy and Josh.

REVIEW:  This book is an easy book to read. It seemed the author put too many subplots in the story for the reader to focus on the main idea.  I would not suggest the book for a high school student.  It would serve as a quick read for a junior high student.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: Sequence of Events, Supporting Details

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES:  Sexual references, p. 1-2 and some profanity, but not offensive.

RELATED BOOKS: No More Pranks, Blue Moon, Bull Rider


REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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