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"He said they want to talk to you, David." "They?" I said. "The cops?" She nodded. "What for?" I don't think I ever worked harder at getting just two words out of my mouth. I tried to sound like I had no idea what the cops would want with me. When hi
ebook, 112 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Orca Book Publishers
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Trevor Schmoldt
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Taylor Medeiros
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
"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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
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.
Ann Valdez
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Derek O'Hara
Nov 13, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Norah McClintock’s Tell is a book that challenges the reader by leaving them with questions. David is main character who is a murder suspect more importantly his step-fathers murder. “Phil’s been in an accident” this is when they first confront David about the murder. They also challenge the reader by not telling who the killer is till the very end “I didn’t want to tell anyone” this shows that david admits to it too the reader but not the police. This book leaves everyone with questions wanting
Arieles E.
Tell is a book that make you think twice who you are friends with and who can you trust.For exampled in the book Jake who was the dad fiend and play poker with is now going after the mom .Tell is a mystery book you have to be in it to understand what going on to find out the mystery. For me tell was not was good because I am not all in to mystery. The reason why I dont like mystery is because I dont like to look for the clues.
Tiffany Derrick
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If your a person who doesnt really enjoy reading but like alot of mystery n crime scenes then this book is for you.Iam a person who hates reading but once i started reading this book i couldnt put it down because every page was a new mystery.One moment you think you know who was behind the murder then a few pages later the book has you confused.Besides that the book is only 114 pages and is very good so if your interested in mystery you should read this trust me you wont be dissapointed.
Chadley Git-R-Dun Renfield
I give this book a 4 star so far the book is pretty good. it makes you want to keep reading it to find out whats going to happen next. So far its about a boy and his mom and his step was was just murdered. right now there is detectives working on figuring out who killed him and why they killed him. Im guessing that the son had something to do with his step dads murder.
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Is a very mysterious and interesting book. Every time I read a chapter, I would want to continue reading because it was so good that I wanted to find out what would happen next. I love the way the author gave every detail in every character's thoughts. I recommend this book to people who like mystery books.
The Book Sale Scrounger
You can tell that it's supposed to be one of those books to coax non-readers out of their shell based on the material and length, but honestly, this is a plain story with "meh" inducing twists and not much else to speak for it other than the fact that I was lucky enough to pick it up out of a plastic bin at a garage sale for five cents.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
~has a few spoilers~ it was so great! very descriptive ! good story. loved how they made you so curious who killed him. loved how they made stories for the characters . but the ending was too quick and bland . the killer wasnt event really revealed . they just said it was a "guy" no description of him or anything. loved how David watched him die like Phil did to Jaime.
Alyssa Haught
Sep 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ssr
Alyssa Haught pd.5-6 Tell by: Norah McClintock 1oo pages 9/29/09 i give it an 8.

I give this book an 8 because i thought that it kept my attention very good. i thought the book would have ended differently but it kind of had an ironic twist. It is a very entertaining book about two murders lead to another but there is many time in between the murders.
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Norah McClintock’s fascinating mysteries are hard to put down. Her Chloe & Levesque series, Mike & Riel series, and Robyn Hunter series, all published by Scholastic Canada, have been popular with readers in many countries. Norah has also written several crime novels for reluctant readers in the Orca Soundings series from Orca Book Publishers,

Norah is a five-time winner of the Crime Writer
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