Taking Sides

From the Series Locked Out

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Todd and Tina Morgan were both there the night their mother died. They both saw their father kill her. But they can’t agree on what actually happened. To Tina, their father is a murderer. Their mother was trying to defend herself. To Todd, their father is a protector. He saved Todd and Tina when their mother turned a knife on them.

Now their father is on the run. Todd and Tina are in separate foster placements. Todd knows there’s only one way to clear his dad’s name: get Tina to change her story. Get her to tell the truth. But the truth may not be as simple as Todd thought. Whose story is right? And whose side should Todd really be on?

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2015-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.4
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF018000, YAF011000, YAF058110
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 600
ATOS Reading Level 4.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 171233
Accelerated Reader® Points 2.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“[Q]uick reads . . . that [allow] less skilled readers to concentrate on content rather than structure. The riveting plots, however, will have appeal well beyond the reluctant reader set.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Author: Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones lives in Minneapolis and is the author of many novels including the Support and Defend series. A former librarian, Jones received lifetime achievement awards from the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association.