8th Grade Fugitive

Children - Action
50 Pages
Reviewed on 04/11/2017
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Author Biography

Richard Clark has written eight middle grade chapter books, one of which, My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent, has been on the Amazon and iBooks kids books best-seller lists for over three years with over 100,000 downloads.

Richard has worked extensively as a screenwriter and story editor, both in Toronto and Los Angeles. A graduate of UCLA and AFI, his credits include writing or story-editing over 150 produced TV scripts for shows broadcast on the Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, BBC, Netflix, CBC, CTV and many other domestic and foreign networks. He’s also developed shows for many production companies, written four TV movies for Showtime Networks, optioned several feature screenplays in Los Angeles, and worked as a director and editor. In 2010 he was nominated for both a Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy) and a Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award, and in 2012 another WGC award.

In addition, Richard has taught screenwriting at Humber College and Sheridan College in Toronto, and he wrote Scratch & Sniff, an interactive book app for kids.

Richard lives in Toronto with his wife and their 12-year-old twins… and he’s lived to tell the tale.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Richard Clark's 8th Grade Fugitive is a children’s adventure book. Thirteen-year-old Brian Ryan loves the thrill of skateboarding. When his school is chosen to host the Xtreme Dream Games, Brian cannot believe his luck; he might even get the chance to see his skating idol, Road-Rash Reiley, in action! But when he is wrongly accused of two serious crimes, he finds himself in the Principal’s office (aka. Brian’s mother’s office), having to explain his actions not only to his mother, but also to the police. Things go from bad to worse when his mother is accused of stealing funds from the school budget, and is arrested. It will take every skill imaginable – both physical and mental – for Brian to get both himself and his mother out of their unlucky predicament, especially when those responsible are two of the most respected people at MacGuffin Middle School.

This is not the first of Richard Clark’s books that I have read, and it certainly won’t be the last. The amazingly talented author of My Best Friend is a Secret Agent has hit yet another home run with this incredibly funny, imaginative and mind-boggling tale of a student who has the worst possible day of his life. With each part of the story flowing perfectly on to the next, I found 8th Grade Fugitive to be a highly addictive read, which will keep many on the edge of their seats, due to the insane amount of hide-and-seek involved, in order to just make it through the ordeal alive. Teenage crushes, teasing siblings, school bullies, and more are what you will find within the pages of this fast-paced action-adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed the story from beginning to end, and look forward to the next installment of Richard Clark’s works. This book would be the perfect read for adrenaline junkies who love the thrill of a well-written, heart-pumping, action-packed read.