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 Alek
 Author: Bredsdorff, Bodil


 Publisher:  Farrar Straus Giroux
 Pub Year: 2012

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 134 p., map, 20 cm.

 BTSB No: 148341 ISBN: 9780374312695
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Subjects:
 Conduct of life -- Fiction
 Brothers -- Fiction
 Bars -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

Summary:
Alek joins his heartbroken older brother in the fishing village of Last Harbor, works at an inn, & rescues a beautiful foreigner whose parents were killed.

Series:
Children Of Crow Cove


Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 151855
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 5.40
   Points: 8.0   Quiz: 57986

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (05/01/12)
   School Library Journal (08/01/12)
 The Hornbook (00/07/12)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2012 Gr 4–7—Doup has grown up enough to accept the death of his horse from old age and to want to use his real name: Alek. When he and his father go to visit Alek's brother, Ravnar, he gets caught up in Ravnar's life and the doings of his small village. Hired to work at an inn, he elects to stay with his brother even after his father leaves. He pays close attention to all that is happening and discovers an evil scheme to wreck passing ships on the rocks to gain the rights to the cargo. After one brutal wreck, he rescues a girl, Thala, who speaks a different language, and brings her back to Ravnar's cottage. The two brothers and Thala want to find the murderers and bring them to justice. As always in Bredsdorff's books, there is a clear understanding of human nature, ethical dilemmas are unraveled, and the language has a lyrical crispness that makes the reading rewarding. While youngsters would do well to have read the earlier titles, there is still enough adventure and courage in this one to satisfy newcomers. This novel emphasizes that humans' connections to one another make life rewarding by showing that Alek's efforts to do right pay off. An immensely satisfying ending to the series.—Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO - Copyright 2012 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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