Rapid Reads—Complete Title List

And Everything Nice

And Everything Nice
Author: Kim Moritsugu
ISBN: 9781554698387
Reading Level: 4.6
After joining a community choir, Stephanie helps a new friend recover her private journal from a blackmailer.

The Artful Goddaughter

The Artful Goddaughter
Author: Melodie Campbell
ISBN: 9781459808195
Reading Level: 3.5
In this work of crime fiction, Gina Gallo, mob goddaughter and unwilling sleuth, tries to return a valuable painting to an art gallery.

Assault On Juno

Assault on Juno (Nonfiction)
Author: Mark Zuehlke
ISBN:
9781459800366
Reading Level: Not leveled
A dramatic account of the Canadian Forces attack on Juno Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944—a battle that began the march toward victory in World War II.

Best Girl

Best Girl
Author: Sylvia Maultash Warsh
ISBN: 9781554698974
Reading Level: 2.6
A young aspiring musician's life is turned upside down when she begins to learn the truth about her long-dead parents.

The Barrio Kings

The Barrio Kings
Author: William Kowalski
ISBN: 9781554692446
Reading Level: 2.1
Rosario Gomez struggles to stay out of the gang life that killed his brother while finishing his high school diploma and preparing for the birth of his first son. But when his old friend Juan gets out of jail, his past returns to haunt him.

Beethoven's Tenth

Beethoven's Tenth
Author: Brian Harvey
ISBN: 9781459808690
Reading Level: 4.5
In this murder mystery, piano tuner and unlikely sleuth Frank Ryan is forced to solve a mystery in order to save his life.

THe Black Tortoise

The Black Tortoise
Author: Ronald Tierney
ISBN: 9781459812406
Reading Level: 4.8
Follow the money.


Blood and Belonging

Blood and Belonging
Author: Vicki Delany
ISBN: 9781459812840
Reading Level: 2.5
RCMP Sergeant Ray Robertson is on holidays in Turks and Caicos when he discovers the body of a man on the beach.

The Blue Dragon

The Blue Dragon
Author: Ronald Tierney
ISBN: 9781459809048
Reading Level: 4.3
Forensic accountant Peter Strand investigates a suspicious death in San Francisco’s Chinatown in this work of crime fiction.

The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk
Author: Reed Farrel Coleman
ISBN: 9781459806740
Reading Level: 3.0
In this murder mystery, the death of an NYPD officer leads PI Gulliver Dowd closer to the truth about his sister’s murder.

The Boom Room

The Boom Room
Author: Rick Blechta
ISBN: 9781459805149
Reading Level: 4.2
When the prime suspect in a nightclub murder turns out to be his partner's half brother, Detective Mervin Pratt soon realizes that the case is not quite so open-and-shut as it first appears.

The Bootlegger's Goddaughter

The Bootlegger's Goddaughter
Author: Melody Campbell
ISBN: 9781459814134
Reading Level: 3.0
Do mobsters ever retire?


Cleanup

Cleanup
Author: Norah McClintock
ISBN: 9781459800540
Reading Level: 4.0
When an illegal alien working as a maid is charged with her employer's murder, her only friend is also her only hope for escaping jail or worse, deportation.

Contingency Plan

Contingency Plan
Author: Lou Allin
ISBN: 9781459801141
Reading Level: 3.8
Sandra Sinclair realizes she's made a terrible mistake in marrying into an abusive relationship, putting herself and her twelve-year-old daughter in grave danger.

Dirty Work

Dirty Work
Author: Reed Farrel Coleman
ISBN: 9781459802063
Reading Level: 3.8
PI Gulliver Dowd searches for the daughter he didn't know he had, who has gone missing under mysterious circumstances.

Disappearing Act

Disappearing Act
Author: Dayle Campbell Gaetz
ISBN: 9781459808225
Reading Level: 4.2
In this murder mystery, rookie private investigator Leena O’Neil must clear her sister’s name.

Epic Game

Epic Game
Author: William Kowalski
ISBN: 9781459810495
Reading Level: 2.2
Maybe there is more to life than winning.

Evil Behind That Door

Evil Behind That Door
Author: Barbara Fradkin
ISBN: 9781459801004
Reading Level: 3.2
Handyman Cedric O'Toole sets out to uncover the chilling secret locked behind the boarded-up cellar door at the farmhouse of his old school nemesis.

The Fall Guy

The Fall Guy
Author: Barbara Fradkin
ISBN: 9781554698356
Reading Level: 4.0
Handyman Cedric O'Toole is set up to take the fall for a murder he didn't commit. He'll need all his inventive powers to save himself.

Fit To Kill

Fit To Kill
Author: James Heneghan
ISBN: 9781554699070
Reading Level: 5.0
A journalist finds himself in the midst of the hunt for a brutal serial killer who is murdering women in Vancouver's West End.

From Scratch

From Scratch
Author: Gail Anderson-Dargatz
ISBN: 9781459815025
Reading Level: 4.8
Owning a bakery isn't just about making dough.

Generation Us

Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming (Nonfiction)
Author: Andrew Weaver
ISBN:
9781554698042
Reading Level: Not leveled
The issues surrounding global warming are explained and solutions offered by one of the world's leading experts in the field.

the goddaughter

The Goddaughter
Author: Melodie Campbell
ISBN: 9781459801257
Reading Level: 2.8
A young gemologist who happens to be related to the local mob is reluctantly recruited to smuggle diamonds across the border…with hilarious consequences.

the goddaughter caper

The Goddaughter Caper
Author: Melodie Campbell
ISBN: 9781459810532
Reading Level: 2.5
A smart-talking mob goddaughter who doesn't want to be one. A bumbling mob family that never gets it right.

the goddaughter's revenge

The Goddaughter's Revenge
Author: Melodie Campbell
ISBN: 9781459804876
Reading Level: 3.8
When Gina Gallo discovers that someone has been switching real gems for fakes in the jewelry of some of her best customers, she takes matters into her own hands.

Haitian Graves

Haitian Graves: A Ray Robertson Mystery
Author: Vicki Delany
ISBN: 9781459808980
Reading Level: 3.0
In this work of crime fiction, RCMP sergeant Ray Robertson is working with the United Nations in Haiti when he’s called to investigate the death of a Haitian woman.

him standing

Him Standing
Author: Richard Wagamese
ISBN: 9781459801769
Reading Level: 2.8
When a Native carver agrees to produce a spirit mask for a mysterious stranger, he falls under the spell of a dangerous sorcerer from the dream world.

If It Bleeds

If It Bleeds
Author: Linda L. Richards
ISBN: 9781459807341
Reading Level: 4.0
Nicole Charles is a gossip columnist for a big city paper who gets the chance to cover a murder after she finds the body.

The Innocence Device

The Innocence Device
Author: William Kowalski
ISBN: 9781459807488
Reading Level: 3.5
In a dystopian future where there are only prisoners and those who guard them, a young man survives an uprising and stumbles toward the freedom he’s never known.

I.O.U. Dead

I.O.U. Dead: A Keno Kalder Mystery
Author: Michelle Wan
ISBN: 9781459809086
Reading Level: 4.0
In this work of crime fiction, Keno, a bill collector, is unwittingly drawn into a murder investigation when he witnesses a serial killer fleeing the scene of a crime.

juba good

Juba Good
Author: Vicki Delany
ISBN: 9781459804906
Reading Level: 3.0
RCMP Sergeant Ray Robertson, nearing the end of his year-long UN mission in Juba, South Sudan, struggles to find a serial killer who is attacking young women.

jumpedin

Jumped In
Author: William Kowalski
ISBN: 9781459816275
Reading Level: 2.2
To change the world, first you have to change yourself.


Just Gone

Just Gone
Author: William Kowalski
ISBN: 9781459803275
Reading Level: 3.0
Angelique's work at a homeless shelter takes a strange turn when she encounters seven-year-old Jamal and his fantastic stories about a mysterious character named Jacky Wacky who looks out for vulnerable children.

Love And Fear

Love and Fear
Author: Reed Farrel Coleman
ISBN: 9781459806771
Reading Level: 2.7
A missing girl—kidnapped or escaped from her Mafia family?

Love You To Death

Love You To Death
Author: Gail Bowen
ISBN: 9781554692620
Reading Level: 4.2
Someone is killing some of Charlie D's favorite listeners.

The Middle Ground

The Middle Ground
Author: Zoe Whittal
ISBN: 9781554692880
Reading Level: 4.2
Missy Turner's ordinary life is turned upside down when she is taken hostage in a botched robbery at the local café, and she finds herself questioning the validity of everything she's always believed in.

Murder Below Zero

Murder Below Zero
Author: John Lawrence Reynolds
ISBN: 9781459814592
Reading Level: 3.8
A woman's job is never done, especially when she's police chief.

A Murder For Max

A Murder for Max
Author: John Lawrence Reynolds
ISBN: 9781459810594
Reading Level: 2.8
Does Maxine have what it takes to solve this murder?

The Next Sure Thing

The Next Sure Thing
Author: Richard Wagamese
ISBN: 9781554699001
Reading Level: 3.8
A young blues guitar player risks everything when he signs on to pick winning horses at the race track for a violent mobster.

The Night Thief

The Night Thief
Author: Barbara Fradkin
ISBN: 9781459808669
Reading Level: 3.2
In this murder mystery, handyman Cedric O’Toole sets out to solve who is raiding his farm and becomes embroiled in a family tragedy.

One Fine Day You're Gonna Die

One Fine Day You're Gonna Die
Author: Gail Bowen
ISBN: 9781554693375
Reading Level: 4.2
Events on Charlie D's radio show take a bizarre turn when one of his callers threatens to kill not only himself but also the young daughter of Charlie's on-air guest, who happens to be an expert on death and dying.

Orchestrated Murder

Orchestrated Murder
Author: Rick Blechta
ISBN: 9781554698851
Reading Level: 5.4
The murder of the symphony's star conductor leaves Detective Lieutenant Pratt and his young sidekick with an orchestra full of suspects.

Ortona Street Fight

Ortona Street Fight (Nonfiction)
Author: Mark Zuehlke
ISBN: 9781554693986
Reading Level: Not leveled
A dramatic account of Canada's first major triumph of World War II—the December 1943 battle for Ortona, Italy.

Playing With Fire

Playing With Fire
Author: Gail Anderson-Dargatz
ISBN:
9781459808409
Reading Level: 2.8
Sometimes we can't see what's right in front of us.

Race Against Time

Race Against Time
Author: Gail Anderson-Dargatz
ISBN: 9781459808430
Reading Level: 2.2
Tick tock—will Claire stop the bomber before it’s too late?

Rundown

Rundown
Author: Rick Blechta
ISBN: 9781459810105
Reading Level: 3.3
When the past comes to haunt you.

Search and Rescue

Search and Rescue
Author: Gail Anderson-Dargatz
ISBN:
9781459805767
Reading Level: 3.0
In this work of crime fiction, Claire Abbott, a small-town reporter, uses her sixth sense to find a missing girl.

The Second Wife

The Second Wife
Author: Brenda Chapman
ISBN: 9781554698325
Reading Level: 3.3
A cop with a boring desk job tries to solve a case that might save her ex-husband from a lifetime jail sentence.

The Shadow Killer

The Shadow Killer
Author: Gail Bowen
ISBN: 9781554698769
Reading Level: 5.0
Late-night radio host Charlie D has only two hours to find a troubled young boy and then convince him not to kill his father and the rest of his family.

Something Noble

Something Noble
Author: William Kowalski
ISBN: 9781459800137
Reading Level: 3.0
In order to save her son's life, a single mom must try to convince a selfish drug dealer to donate one of his kidneys to his half-brother.

The Spider Bites

The Spider Bites
Author: Medora Sale
ISBN: 9781554692828
Reading Level: 2.0
Detective Rick Montoya must find out who firebombed his apartment before he can clear his name of a bribery charge.

That Dog Won't Hunt

That Dog Won't Hunt
Author: Lou Allin
ISBN: 9781554693399
Reading Level: 2.8
A drifter takes a job at a hunting lodge in Northern Ontario, with the expectation of a big payday for the summer's work. But when the eccentric owner decides to renege on her promises, she ends up dead.

The Thirteenth Rose

The Thirteenth Rose
Author: Gail Bowen
ISBN: 9781459802254
Reading Level: 5.6
It's Valentine's night, and late-night radio talk-show host Charlie D's planned discussion of love and satisfaction is derailed when a vigilante group promises to kill one prostitute each hour and post their murders live online.

Tokyo Girl

Tokyo Girl
Author: Brian Harvey
ISBN: 9781459810761
Reading Level: 5.0
Out of tune in Tokyo.

Valentino Pier

Valentino Pier
Author: Reed Farrel Coleman
ISBN: 9781459802094
Reading Level: 2.5
PI Gulliver Dowd rescues a street kid's dog, but when the kid is found badly beaten the next day, Gulliver uncovers a new mystery.

The Way It Works

The Way It Works
Author: William Kowalski
ISBN: 9781554693672
Reading Level: 2.6
A young bi-racial man, who suddenly finds himself homeless, struggles to maintain his dignity and to make his own place in the world.

When Blood Lies

When Blood Lies
Author: Linda L. Richards
ISBN: 9781459808379
Reading Level: 4.2
A chance discovery might land journalist Nicole Charles a job on the news desk.

When I Kill You

When I Kill You
Author: Michelle Wan
ISBN: 9781554699902
Reading Level: 3.8
When mud-wrestling postal worker Gina Lopez is blackmailed, the results are amusing, confusing and potentially life-threatening as she strives to find ways not to carry out a contract killing.

White Sand Blues

White Sand Blues
Author: Vicki Delany
ISBN: 9781459815353
Reading Level: 3.0
Paramedic Ashley Grant finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation while in the Victoria and Albert Islands in this work of crime fiction.

A Winter Kill

A Winter Kill
Author: Vicki Delany
ISBN: 9781554699568
Reading Level: 2.8
When rookie police constable Nicole Patterson discovers a body on the edge of town, she's drawn into a murder investigation that's well beyond her experience and expertise.

A Woman Scorned

A Woman Scorned
Author: James Heneghan
ISBN: 9781459804067
Reading Level: 4.5
When a prominent city councilor turns up dead the police call it a suicide. But reporter Sebastian Casey thinks otherwise.

Worst Date Ever

Worst Date Ever
Author: Melodie Campbell
ISBN: 9781459815599
Reading Level: 3.1
This funny short novel follows a single mom on a number of first dates.

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Key Features
Short, high-interest novels
Compelling characters
Reading levels: 2.0-6.0
Ideal for ESL and literacy programs

Resources
Reading guides available for free download

Bindings
Paperback: $9.95