In the “Seven Prequels” set, Slide by award winning author Norah McClintock, is one of the titles in the latest “Seven” series phenomena published by Orca Book Publishers.
Readers familiar with the characters in these books, are re-introduced to them as boys who are a bit younger…namely in 13 years old range. The characteristically dare-devil grandfather and grandson relationship that is often core in these narratives, is replaced in McClintock’s tale by grandson Rennie ‘hanging’ with his adventure rule-bending grandmother as he gets to travel with her to a ski resort in the back country, despite his stepfather’s adamant instructions to the contrary.
McClintock creative writing style weaves together action, adventure, mystery and murder with humour as Rennie experiences the first ever pangs of ‘love’ in the midst of trying to satisfy and solve some very unusual circumstances.
The story accelerates with a dizzy pace that has the reader hanging on to every sentence until it ‘slams’ to a stop!
This is a story that can be enjoyed by junior and intermediate students!
[ARC supplied by Orca Book Publishers in exchange for an honest review]