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Razor's Edge

by (author) Nikki Tate

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Oct 2009
NON-CLASSIFIABLE, Equestrian, Mysteries & Detective Stories
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2009
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2009
    List Price

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Travis and his best friends Ryan and Jasper live for the thrill of watching their horses race.

When a thief starts hacking off the tails of Standard-bred horses stabled at Blackdown Park, suddenly the track isn't such a great place to hang out. Things get even more unpleasant when a troubled girl comes between Travis and his friends. Travis has to make some tough choices, but how can he stand by his friends when he no longer trusts them?

This short novel is a high-interest, low-reading level book for middle-grade readers who are building reading skills, want a quick read or say they don’t like to read!

About the author

Nikki Tate was born in Birmingham, England, but spent her childhood roaming the globe. She is the author of nearly 20 books for young readers, many of which are about horses. Nikki has always enjoyed both writing and telling stories, as well as camping, kayaking and horseback riding. She currently hosts a book club called "Teens, Titles and Tate" on CBC Radio's All Points West. Nikki lives with her family (and her collection of goats, ponies, dogs, cats and assorted feathered friends) on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Visit Nikki's website for more information.

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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Commended, Resource Links, The Year's Best Books

Excerpt: Razor's Edge (by (author) Nikki Tate)

I noticed a few cockroaches crawling near Jason's skates. He stepped on one of them, popping it like a cherry tomato. Bug juice sprayed.
A single cockroach dropped from the shoulder pads and landed between his skates.

Editorial Reviews

"A flawless teenage tale. There is no black, no white; just, as is the case in life, only shades of confusing and complicated grey wound around hearts and hormones…Tate offers hope and sadness, not as a solution but as reality."

The Globe and Mail

"One of the finest. This novel gets off to a quick start and doesn't stop, exploring a number of complex issues along the way."

Resource Links

"As the tension mounts in the story, [Tate]...captures the excitement and uncertainty that can come along with dating someone new and unknown, and she mixes in vivid descriptions of scenes that involve a fight, a kiss, and a race...Razor's Edge reads like a real life mystery...Highly recommended."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"The story is realistic and will appeal to reluctant readers."

Tacoma School District #10

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