118 p. Orca Soundings. Orca Book Publishers, April, 2012. 9781459801394. (Chosen to review for InfoLinkNJ.)
Seventeen-year-old Daniel and his friend Nick are psyched about watching a championship final downtown, but when the home team loses, the fans begin to rampage and the boys are caught in the middle of a riot. In an effort to escape the path of the looters, Daniel breaks a store window, hoping to be able to hide out, but the rioters invade the store and destroy it. Nick gets caught up in the act and is photographed. Daniel rescues the storeowner’s granddaughter and is hailed a hero.
There was potential for some interesting character development here. This particular book had more than the usual character development for the imprint, which tends more toward plot-driven books. The riot scenes were tightly written and really conveyed a sense of danger and urgency. Teens looking for a fast read will find it here.
This book weighs in at 118 pages and therefore counts as .5 books towards the throwdown countdown.