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Something Noble
by William Kowalski

Linda is a young, hardworking single mom struggling to get by from paycheck to paycheck. When she learns that her son Dre needs a kidney transplant, her family's already precarious financial situation takes a turn for the worst. Then she discovers that the only one who can help Dre is his half-brother LeVon, a drug-dealing gangbanger who thinks only of himself. Somehow Linda must get through to LeVon in order to save her son.

Though she is deathly afraid of LeVon and the world he lives in, Linda knows she must conquer her fear and meet him on his own turf if she is to have any hope of success. Linda is finally able to teach LeVon the value of doing something noble with his life. And to her surprise, she learns she has room in her heart for one more kid, a boy from the streets who never had a chance.

Reading Level: 3.0
ISBN: 9781459800137
Pub Date: March 1, 2012
Price: $9.95

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About the author

William Kowalski is the author of the international bestseller Eddie's Bastard, winner of South Africa’s Ama-Boeke Award, and more recently The Hundred Hearts. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. Two of the titles William wrote for the Rapids Reads series have been nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s Golden Oak Award. He lives with his family in Nova Scotia. For more information visit

The list of books by William in the Rapid Reads series are: The Barrio Kings, Just Gone, Something Noble, The Way it Works and The Innocence Device. The latest, Epic Game, will be released in March 2016.


Library Journal—January 30, 2012
"Linda's voice snags readers' attention with the first sentence...[and] there are several nifty twists...Marked by an authentic plot and realistic characters, this slim volume delivers what it advertises and deserves a bright spotlight."

VOYA—June 1, 2012
"Will strike a chord with any reader who enjoys family drama with a bit of an edge...The author details a gripping tale about a mother's love and a selfless act of one brother for another despite a short-lived relationship between them. An emotional roller coaster, the story should be ridden by all readers... In the time when the gap between parents and teenagers can seem far, this book can certainly bridge it. This is a book to read."

Nancy H.—November 3, 2012
"I know my boys are going to enjoy reading this book. It is the best novel of its kind, in my opinion...[Something Noble] has everything they will admire, including a CHANGE OF HEART!"

Tri State YA Book Review Committee—September 1, 2012
"The main characters are well-drawn and sympathetic...With an eye-catching cover, this is a quick read, and will appeal to reluctant readers."

NJ Youth Services—October 18, 2012
"This engaging, quick read is aimed at adult reluctant/struggling readers, but may find appeal at the upper high school level."

CM Magazine—January 11, 2013
"Paced to attract the attention of young adult and adult readers, the story deals with intensely emotional issues of life and death...[and] is short and action-centered."


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