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The Snowball Effect

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  60 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Dylan and his friends snowball cars for entertainment on the weekend. When they don't get enough reaction from passing cars, they put rocks in the middle of their snowballs. Their first attack with the loaded snowballs causes a car crash. His friends flee, but Dylan goes to the scene of the accident to make sure the driver is okay. He runs off when he knows help is on the ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Orca Book Publishers
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Justin Teply
Sep 25, 2014 Justin Teply rated it really liked it
I think it was a good book.
Roy Bowler
Oct 23, 2011 Roy Bowler rated it it was amazing
I finished this book yesterday. It was the best book I've read this school year. I think it was realistic about the worries and guilt you feel when you lie about something. Any kid who has ever told a lie should read this book (in other words, every kid).
Becka dittmann
Jan 14, 2013 Becka dittmann rated it it was ok
I thought the book was okay. It starts off as Dylan and his friends going out for some harmless fun. They think that taking snowballs and throwing them at cars is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Thats exactly what happened. Dylans friends were getting bored of just snowballs so his friends decided to put rocks in there snowballs. Dyaln wouldnt put one in his becasue he didnt want to hurt anybody. One of the snowballs hit a windsheild of a car and made it swerve into a cement wall unde ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Robyn rated it it was ok
This book would be a good choice for a Hi/Lo reader. It was an easy read with a moral behind the story. My main reason for saying it was OK is that at some points it felt cheezy. I understand the reason for not adding to the drama would be to keep the book simple, but there were points in the story that I thought... really?? It would not be common for two boys to go to a reporter and spill their guts because of guilt (or maybe I'm not giving teenage boys enough credit). Overall it did have a goo ...more
Drew Geier
Nov 14, 2012 Drew Geier rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
This book is very good for many reasons. It tells a story about a boy named Dylan who is hanging out with his friends and they enjoy throwing snowballs at cars off of the town bridge. When they go to do that his friends end up putting rocks inside the snowballs so it will cause damage to the cars, bad decision because once they all throw it hits the car and she spins out of control and crashes. Dylan just couldn’t leave her to suffer so he goes down off the bridge and helps her out by giving he ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it
Its starts out as just innocent fun for Dylan, Cory, Matt, and Garrett; What would throwing snowballs at passing cars do anyways? However, that all changes when Garrett decides to put rocks in the snowballs, and then throw them. They did it, and someone got hurt. Three out of the four boys ran from the scene, but Dylan could not do that. Now Dylan is being considered a hero, and he can not stand it. He keeps coming up with these lies to avoid the press, and they keep piling up. Will Dylan be abl ...more
Jan 04, 2011 Marilyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 6th - 8th grade, especially boys
Published by Orca Currents, The Snowball Effect is a high interest, lower reading level boook printed especially for those teens who struggle with reading. The story is fairly simplistic, about the effects on a teenage boy of telling lies. I have a hard time getting these books to circulate at my library. Teens don't seem to want to check out paperbacks, and because these are smaller than the average paperback, they get lost on the shelf. I display they with the covers out, but they still don't ...more
Erynn Heinert
Oct 12, 2012 Erynn Heinert rated it really liked it
The Snowball Effect was a pretty good book. It all started out when Dylan was hanging out with the wrong group of kids. They decided to go snowbombing and Dylan knew it wasn't right. Then, his friends decided to put rocks in the snowballs and the car they threw it at crashed. His friends all ran but Dylan checked on the driver. People saw him and now he is known as a hero. Deb Loughead kept it very interesting because you were always wondering if Dylan would get caught for lieing.
Mar 14, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YAs
Shelves: read-2011
Dylan gets caught up in a dangerous prank with his friends, throwing snowballs from an overpass onto cars. One friend puts a rock in the middle of the snowball and causing a car to crash, injuring the woman inside. Although his friends run, Dylan checks on the driver and phones for help. He is then hailed as a hero, even being written up in the town newspaper. Nearly overcome with guilt, he finally does tell the true story. A good read about accepting consequences of one's own behavior.
Anton Moore
Mar 22, 2013 Anton Moore rated it liked it
Snowballs: a soft creation of compacted snow to have a spherical shape. Many find them to be used when playing with a friend or two joyfully. But what happens when they're used in a harmful way. Dylan is discovers what happens what happens when him and his friends are snow-bombing cars from on top of a bridge. After a while, two of the four friends decide to put a rock in a snowball, Dylan not included.
Sep 24, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it
I just read a book called The Snowball Effect by Deb Loughead. A group of three boys were throwing snowballs at cars. They hit a car and caused an accident. One boy went to help and left when help came. Upon finding out he was the first person there to help he was thought of as a hero. This book shows that the characters struggle with what is right and wrong. I would recommend this book especially for kids because they can relate to the characters struggles.
Jul 10, 2014 Megan rated it liked it
This was an okay read. I thought the struggle that Dylan had with all the loss snowballing was told very well. My only problem was that I thought ending was just too neatly finished. Still it was interesting and I somewhat enjoyed it.

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Apr 04, 2016 Melanie rated it liked it
Not a bad story. The writing was a little too young at times, but I liked it mostly.
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Alex Sprague
May 20, 2015 Alex Sprague rated it liked it
This book is about a few boys that are out doing some boy stuff. Then one of the boys comes up with a good idea to throw snowballs at cars going by and some of them put rocks in them. Then there was a crash. It's not a bad book
Aug 08, 2012 Bonnie rated it really liked it
What a great little book! A short read that tells a story, but teaches a lesson about being a follower instead of a leader that has unfortunate consequences.
Mrs. A
Dec 02, 2014 Mrs. A rated it really liked it
Great story to make you think. This reminded me of a similar tragedy that happened in Eau Claire, but in that situation a man died.
Apr 29, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
Good for hi/lo readers, but that means that the characters and plot didn't have much time to get a very in-depth treatment.
Sep 16, 2014 P3ChristianL rated it really liked it
The Snowball Effect is a very interesting book. These is a book that you would sometimes have to stop and think about it. Its a quick book and easy to enjoy.
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