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{March 26, 2011}   B Negative, by Vicki Grant

Orca Book Publishers has been extremely gracious to allow me to review B Negative prior to its release date of April 1, 2011.  The synopsis is as follows: “Is blood really thicker than water?  Paddy loves his family, all except for his annoying stepfather Anthony.  When they have a discussion about his future, Paddy overreacts and threatens to join the army.  Unable to back down, he finds he is alienating everyone around him.  And when he takes the physical exam and learns his blood type, his world starts to crumble and he starts to question everything he thought he knew.”


Orca Book Publishers is an organization that produces fiction for reluctant readers, especially readers on the lower spectrum, with a reading level between second grade and fourth grade.  B Negative comes from the Orca Soundings series, which is for those ages 12+, and is written in a way that the reader, especially a reluctant reader, can easily understand.  

Grant has written a superb novel that is sure to catch the interest of all who read it.  Written in simple prose, B Negative tells the story of Paddy, a seventeen-year-old boy ready to follow in his father’s footsteps, but who is his real father?  Filled with suspense and mounting tension, B Negative will keep the reader glued to the pages as the story unfolds. 

I especially enjoyed Paddy’s voice throughout the novel.  As he tells his story, it is easy to connect with him and obtain a real sense of his thoughts and feelings.  He sounds just like the average teen of our day, and Grant does a wonderful job capturing the essence of the story at hand.  Grant’s ingenious play on words concerning the title, B Negative, made the story that much more enjoyable, and shows her sheer talent as a writer.  I highly recommend this novel.  Five stars!


Check out my Orca Book Publishers page for more information, titles, and reviews for reluctant readers!


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