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Young Adult Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories

Thicker Than Water

by (author) Natasha Deen

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 2019
Mysteries & Detective Stories, Sexual Abuse), Marriage & Divorce
Recommended Age
12 to 18
Recommended Grade
8 to 12
Recommended Reading age
12 to 18
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2019
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2019
    List Price

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Zack Bernard has a thing for crime shows, especially the forensic-investigation kind. So when his friend Ella goes missing, Zack can't help piecing together what he thinks is concrete evidence that could lead to her whereabouts. The problem is, it's all pointing toward his dad. He knows his dad is lying about not having seen Ella because Zack saw them together at the mall the day she disappeared. What he doesn't know is why. With the help of his friend Ayo, Zack tries to solve the mystery himself to avoid having to make the terrible choice between losing someone close to him and betraying his family.

About the author


  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Commended, JLG Gold Standard Selection

Editorial Reviews

"Readers will be enticed by the edgy theme and compelling story…multidimensional characters and briskly paced plot."

School Library Journal

&quotAction in Thicker Than Water will keep readers engaged. The moral pitfalls will present good discussion opportunities.&quot

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Readers will definitely keep turning the pages…For reluctant readers with a taste for crime, this title should scratch the itch."

Kirkus Reviews

“Deen brings insight and complexity…I’ll be looking for more from this talented author.”

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