Book Review: Tell

Student Reviewer – Adriano P. – Grade 8

Tellby Norah McClintock
Orca Book Publishers, 2006
Pages: 100
Series: Orca Soundings
Genre: Mystery fiction

Summary: In this book, ” Tell”,  David, a 15-year-old boy, gets accused of killing his step father with a gun beside an ATM machine.  During the interrogation, David tells the detective what actually happened that night when his father was shot dead. A month later, they find the real killer but David still serves time in prison.

  •  Did this book hold your attention? Yes
  • Was the story what you expected it to be? Were you disappointed? Surprised? The ending really shocked me because I thought David killed his father all along. I was disappointed though because  I thought the story would go more in-depth about the real killer.
  •  Do you think that the book was suitable for your age? Too violent, swearing, sex, etc.: This book was suitable for my age because Theresa’s no sex involved and no swearing. There was no violence in this book.
  • Did you like/dislike the book? Why? I really liked this book because it made want to read more of it once I reached the last half of the book. The only thing that bothered was the beginning of the book. The book would have been perfect of the beginning of the book would have been more interesting. 
  • Who would you recommend this book to, even if you disliked it? Give an example: I would recommend this book to kids that love reading short books that involve mysteries. This book would be perfect for them.
  •  Was the book part of a series? Is it a book that you have to read the previous/following book to understand the plot? Or is the story self-contained? This book is self-contained.
  •  Does the cover art match the style of the book inside? The book is about a shooting and the book cover is a dead body outlined with chalk; so yes, the book cover matches the style of the book.

2 responses to “Book Review: Tell

  1. armando bauco

    Great job adriano. this summary is amazing!!!!!!! if i were your teacher i would give you a 101 on 100

  2. who is really going to look at this and think wow im going to find this book in the library… nobody.