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When his step-father Phil is shot dead in an apparent robbery, David becomes the prime suspect. Where was David that night, and what does he know about Phil?

David has figured out the truth about his step-father, and the day his kid-brother died. What will it take for him to tell? And how did he know?
Paperback, 100 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Orca Book Publishers (first published January 1st 2006)
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Tristan Webb
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have you ever told someone something that would devastate them for life? Have you ever told someone a secret that you knew you weren’t supposed to tell anyone? Or have you ever held in something you thought you’d never tell anyone until someone made you snap? If so, in the book Tell you’ll relate and more.
The mystery of David’s stepfather’s murder is no accident. David holds in so much information when his stepfather’s death pops up suddenly in his family. Could David be responsible for Phil’
Trevor Schmoldt
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Tell" by Norah McClintock was a very good book,and the plot was present day time. The weather or seasons were never brought up. The story first starts off with David and his mother. He had a step dad named Phil that took great care of him. As far as David knew his real dad is dead.

Phil was one of the main characters, who was only home on the weekends. Phil took care of David, his brother,and their mother. Phil drove semi over the road and made pretty good money. David was a fifteen year old
Drew Vandervest
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Personal Response:

I rated this book three and a half stars. I did not like how the book dragged on. I did not like how the book mostly took place in the police station. If the author went straight to the main point, the book would have ended in 40 pages. I liked how this book showed a strong theme. I liked how the author backtracked throughout the book. I liked how this book wasn't too long. The book also ended at the right moment.


The book first started out with the cops at David’s door
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tell by Norah McClintock is a very different book apart from other books that I have read. This book doesn't tell you who did it until the very end and the story teases you into thinking that it’s somebody that it really isn’t. It was a fast and simple read with a great story line. Every chapter leaves you asking questions, and the author's writing allows you to put the pieces together about the main character, David Benson. I enjoyed this book mostly because it was exciting, but also a very eas ...more
Hailey Wheaton
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
I thought that Tell was a very good book. I liked how once I started reading it, I did not want to put it down. I always wanted to know what was next. In all this was a great book.

Plot Summary:
The book Tell started out with David and his mother finding out that his stepfather was killed in a street robbery. David never really got along with Phil, but he tells the detective that he was not the one who killed his stepfather. David was on a convenience store security video, which
Taylor Medeiros
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In the novel Tell, Norah McClintock does a fantastic job of giving detail and she knew how to keep the reader interested. She takes no time getting started. The beginning starts of with a bang right away. This is one of the books for people that like things fast paced and exciting. I haven’t wanted to put this book down since I have started reading it. A suspicious murder had happened to the stepdad and many questions came up immediately. David Benson, the stepson, was the one being questioned t ...more
Jessica Abarquez
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reluctant-reader
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Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal Response: I enjoyed this book because it kept me intrigued and kept me going. I also really liked the book because, the book went really fast and they did not make it any longer then they had to so it was a quick read. I think they could have improved on putting more detail but overall it could have been worse.
Plot: The book began with the cops knocking on his mothers door telling them that their father had died from being shot. Then the cops went to question them both on who may or co
Trevor Fletcher
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Tell" was a great book who was accused for killing his step dad. His real dad died when the main character, David, was younger. He didn't know tell someone told him. His step dad and him didn't always see eye to eye on things and didn't always get along. That's why the cops think that David killed him because of something they were arguing about and he was out of the house when the murder took place. David's stepdad just got done gambling when he was shot. He was on his way home when it happene ...more
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response
I really liked this book because the story was about real life. The story kept me interested and I wanted to keep reading it. I enjoyed the little mystery it told about when they were investigating David's stepdad and what happened to his little brother.

This book is about a boy and his relationship with his stepdad. The stepdad was only around on weekends because he drove truck. David hated being told to do chores by his stepdad. His stepdad would make him play cards and the
Jena Khreim
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Tell" by Norah McClintock is a quick and easy read, with an intriguing story line. Each chapter leaves you on a cliff hanger, and the author's style allows you to piece together the bits and thoughts of the main character, David Benson. I enjoyed this book, and will most likely check out other books by this author.
Tinsley Tullos
May 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
If you are looking for an easy read, this book is perfect! I read it in less then an hour, and I could'nt put it down. It was such a shock when I found out that the step father chose not to help the little boy when he was drowning. I thought it was sad when the mom thought that the son had killed the step father, and I just wanted scream at her for not believing him. All along i thought it was the step father's friend Jack, but it wasnt. I loved how Jack told David the truth about his real fathe ...more
Mallery Heimberger
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is was interesting from cover to cover. I have to say this book was one of the best books I have ever read by far. It was very detailed and was always easy to follow.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many realistic fiction liked to be read for fun. However the book Tell is a great book by Norah
McClinton. The book is about how Phil died overnight and cops came in to tell David’s mom that
Phil died so basically David tries to find out who killed Phil and why. This book is Man VS self
because he always gets mad because they call Phil his dad and he is not his and when he
remembers about his little brother that died by drowning. Everyone should read this because it’s
a great mystery book. It really
Hope Wilson
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading the book Tell by Norah McClintock I didn’t really think I was going to enjoy it, fortunately for me I was wrong. In the beginning of the book it doesn’t seem very interesting, at least to me. You don’t really see me sitting down and holding a book very often, but i didn’t want to put this one down.
If you are someone that gets intrigued by mystery books this would be a book for you. In this book the main character, David, is being blamed for something. He has to rete
Lupe Hernandez
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jack Gregory
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
It is just a kid talking to a cop about his step father death that they never really tell you about.
Ann Valdez
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Easy good read for hi/lo. 100 pages. High school interest, 4th grade reading level.
Branden Pittman
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tell by Norah mcClintock is overall a good book. I am not the type to sit down and read a book, however I enjoyed reading this book. The story Tell takes off kinda slow but unlike most books it has a good constant progress on not being slow. Tell is a crime/mystery book because they are looking for who murdered Phil their step dad. David is the step son and the narrator he himself does a great job explaining things through at the whole story.This story takes you through a long journey of finding ...more
Crystal Alexander
Apr 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
English 425 Submitter’s name Crystal Alexander
Book Bank Book Bank subject: Reluctant Reader

Reference information:
Title Tell
Author Norah McClintock
Publisher Orca Book Publishers Year 2006
# of pages 100 Genre Reluctant Readers
Reading level 4th Interest level High School
Potential hot lava: The only thing that I could come up with as to why it would be bad was the fact that David’s step-father gets shot and the book is about David trying to keep it a secret.

General response/reaction: When I first s
Raul Salazar
Nov 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Detective Antonelli stared at me. He said, “Where did u get the gun?”
“What gun?”
“Come on, David,” he said. “Your stepfather was shot dead. Your mother found the missing picture of your brother in the clothes dryer. Your clothes were the only ones in the dryer. We know for a fact that you were in the immediate area right before your stepfather was shot.
This quote is from the book I read tell by Norah McClintock, my thoughts about this book is that its and interesting and easy book to read. The
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a family that has been through several tragedy's . When the stepdad takes the younger son fishing and then he falls in and drowns . The stepdad said it was an accident, but he was a good swimmer and could of saved the boy. The stepdad then goes out late one night to an ATM to get money for his poker game, he is shot and killed. The older boy saw the whole thing but he didn't call for help, just like his stepdad didn't help his brother.

Phil is the stepdad, he likes to gamble
Victoria Waddle
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
When David’s stepfather, Phil, is murdered, the motive seems to be robbery. But there are odds details that keep pointing to David as a suspect. Leading among those details is the fact that David has a gold-framed picture of his little brother Jamie. This picture had been on Phil’s person when he was killed. In fact, he always carried it, ever since Jamie had drowned in an accident years before.

Now everything is open to question. Who was Phil, really? A nice stepfather who cared deeply about his
Christian Kerr
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tell by Norah McClintock is a fantastic short story. The book starts, when the main character(David) is awaken by the sound of his mother screaming at the front door. Standing at the door is a police officer who tells David and his mom that his dad had been murdered. His family is awestruck. The family also finds out some disturbing news on how Davids little brother drowned years ago. The problem surrounding the murder is no one knows who did it or why. David lies to the police about where he wa ...more
Aug 21, 2008 added it
Shelves: high-low
From School Library Journal: “In poker, a "tell" is a sign that someone is bluffing. It might be a twitch, a nervous cough, or a glance. David learned a lot about tells as he watched his stepfather play the game. Now the man has been murdered, and the teen lies when a policeman shows up on his doorstep asking questions. The police quickly focus in on him, and in convincing them of his innocence, David thinks back to his stepfather's tells and realizes some long-hidden truths about his family. Em ...more
Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that this book is alot more diffrent for the other books from this series that I have read. I think that this book is a better perspective told in first person than telling it in third like usual. this book doesn't tell you who did it until the very end and there aren't alot of hints to give you idea of who did it.
This book Is about a boy named david that has a setep father that was just murdered by a bank robbing. david is accused of being the killer. david must now proove his inesenc
Jennifer Wardrip
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Where did you get the gun? Where did you hide it after you murdered him? How did you even do it?

These are all questions that Detective Antonelli asked David, the main character of TELL, after his stepfather, Phil, was shot and killed.

All signs pointed to David when the police found out that he was only a block away from the crime scene. Not to mention that he was there with Phil just moments before his stepfather's death. David has no way of talking himsel
*SPOILER* David’s stepfather Phil has been murdered in an apparent street robbery. David has never gotten along well with Phil but he swears to the detective that he didn’t do it, was nowhere near the place where it happened. But David’s image is seen on a convenience store security video which places him in the vicinity and he is brought in for more questioning. David finally admits he was in the area but insists on giving the detective some background about Phil, including the fact that ...more
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I liked the book, Tell, by Norah McClintock because it kept you wondering all the way until the end. In this book the son, David, is accused of killing his stepfather but turns out to be innocent. The only bad thing David did was watch the murderer kill his stepfather and not call for help. David and his stepfather did not have a good relationship and the stepfather was kind of a jerk. This is why David was accused of killing him. David said he did not call for help after his stepfather had been ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: thin-reads
A solid outing from the ORCA Soundings series for teen readers. This comes off like an episode of "Law and Order" with David's step-father being murdered and then the investigation turning to David. There's a little bit of poker, a bit of dealing with the death of a younger brother, a police-station confession. McClintock keeps the action moving. This isn't quite as good as Riley Park or Down, but it is well worth checking out.
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“I knew because I knew her tell. Phil licked his lips and got a blank look in his eyes. My mother fiddled with her hair.” 0 likes
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