9781680211092. ea vol: (White Lightning). Saddleback. 2016. pap. $8.95.
Gr 5–8—The books in this series, which deals with teens finding themselves in tough situations, are all written at a first or second grade reading level and are targeted specifically to a middle school audience. Rebel centers on Koji, a boy from a small African village who is kidnapped by a violent rebel group, forcing him to make difficult decisions to ensure his survival. Scratch N' Snitch focuses on Mia, a spoiled and self-centered popular girl whose life is turned upside down after a picture of her kissing a less popular classmate is posted to Instagram. While she initially hates her diminished social standing, she eventually feels freed by not caring what others think. In Break and Enter, Dwayne begins breaking into houses to escape his own troubles in a new city. When he accidentally steals from his mother's friend, he sees the consequences of his theft.
VERDICT While the plots and characters can feel oversimplified, these slim books are very accessible and have bright covers that will draw in readers.

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