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Fakie   (2008) 

At first glance, Alex Miller seems like a typical teen, typical hair, typical clothes, typical hobbies. Look closer, and you’ll see that his life is anything but typical. For Alex, fitting in has become a matter of life and death. The unfortunate witness to a murder, Alex can’t forget the things he has seen, and neither can the man he helped put in jail. The Witness Relocation Program has changed the identities of Alex and his mother repeatedly, and they need to keep running to stay one step ahead of his enemies. His latest identity as a skateboarder in Virginia Beach is no easy ride, nosegrabs, ollies, and kickflips are all new to him. Alex has to catch on quickly to blend in, but the biggest trick he’ll have to master is staying alive. Ideal for reluctant readers, this short novel is full of action, intrigue, and relatable teen characters.  An ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers 2009.  (ages 13 – 17)

“Lots of action and risk-taking make [Fakie] almost irresistible…A great pick for reluctant readers.”

School Library Journal

Outrage  (2008)  

Connor already had a rough day – punched out by a buddy, tossed out of school, beaten up on his way home. Then he goes into a corner store for a drink, and ends up accused of robbery! It all sucks, big time.  An ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers 2009.  (Reading level: 3.0   Interest level: Grades 8-12)

“Outrage captures adolescent interest. Varrato has created a story that, from its opening line, hooks its readers as they are drawn into Connor’s life. The character of Connor is also believable as the  “Why me?” guy who seems to find trouble, no matter what.”
Canadian Review of Materials

One Last Scar (2010)

Ethan has been in and out of Juvie, in and out of trouble all of his life. But Ethan had his “rules;” he knows where to draw the line. When a home invasion goes horribly wrong, Ethan knows he has to set things right – even if it means getting one last scar. An ALA Quick Picks nominee.  (Reading level: grade 3.2   Interest level: grades 8-12)

“Varrato has created a story that, from the opening line, hooks its readers as they are drawn into Ethan’s life.”

— Canadian review of Materials 

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