Paul Kropp's High-Interest Novels
HIP Edge Novels: These books have been specifically written and edited for reluctant readers ages 12 to adult.
Behind the Door Jamal and his buddies like to hang out in the basement of an old warehouse. Things are cool until a strange door appears on an inside wall. Of course the guys have to look behind the door - and then the horror begins. RL 2.0, IL grade 7-12
The Edge is Burning There's an arsonist in the Edgemont neighborhood. Houses are going up in flames and the cops don't seem to care. Can Braden and Nick stop the arsonists, or will they get killed trying. RL 3.0 IL grade 7-12
Death on the Sidewalk. Based on a true story. Allie Carson was just going shopping on the day after Christmas. She was looking for bargains, for some special shoes, for a fun day downtown. Allie didn't expect to get shot. Allie didn't deserve to die. But she did. RL 3.4 IL grade 9-12
HIP Senior Novels: These books have been specifically written and edited for reluctant readers ages 11 to 18.
Against all Odds Nothing ever came easy for Jeff. He had a tough time at school and problems with kids in his neighborhood. Teachers said he was “special;” the other kids just called him dumb, but Jeff never gave up. When the guys were trapped in a storm sewer, it was Jeff who saved their lives. Reading level 3.4, Interest levels: grades 6-10
Avalanche. Based on a true story. It was just supposed to be a school trip, just a winter hike through the mountains. But when a wall of snow comes sliding down, fifteen kids have to fight for their lives. Not all of them will win the fight. RL 3.4, IL 5-12
Caught in the Blizzard
Foul Shot A losing basketball team thinks one very tall player will give them a winning edge, but the dream team doesn't last long when the tall guy quits. RL 3.0, IL 4-10
Ghost House. Tyler and Zach didn't believe in ghosts. So when a friend offers them big money to spend a night in the old Blackwood house, they jump at the chance. There's no such thing as ghosts, right? A HIP best-seller. RL 3.2, IL 4-10
Hitting the Road. The road isn't nice to kids who run away. Matt knew there would be trouble, even before he took off with his friend Cody. Along the way, there would be fights, hunger and a jump from a speeding train. Was it all worth it? 96 pages, RL 3.2, IL 5-12
Juvie A gripping novel based on the harsh life inside a juvenile detention centre. The story involves a hostage-taking and a jailbreak. Not recommended for younger readers. RL 2.8, IL 6-12+
My Broken Family Divorce is always rotten. But sometimes it feels even worse that rotten. When Maddy's parents split up, her whole life starts to fall apart. She holds on to her dancing as one thing that is really hers. But when it's all over, she finds that love is stronger than she thought. RL 3.8, IL 5-10
One Crazy NightTodd was working alone at the store when the storm hit. In three hours, he has to deal with a holdup, a clogged toilet, a pregnant woman giving birth … and the meanest grade-five teacher in the whole world. RL 3.8, IL 6-12
Playing Chicken. Josh just wanted to fit in with the guys. Maybe they did a few crazy things, but that's what fun is all about. The party continues … until Guzzo dares Josh to a race that ends in death. RL 3.6, IL 6-10
Scarface. Coming to Canada had been a great thing for Tranh. This was a country of peace and wealth and happiness. So why did Martin Beamis keep picking on him? Did this rich kid have nothing better to do than make life rotten for someone who had already suffered so much? RL 3.5, IL 5-12
Street Scene The guys weren't looking for trouble. Maybe Dwayne did pick the wrong girl to dance with. But did that give Sal and his gang an excuse to come after them. The fight should never have started – and it should never have finished the way it did. 96 pages, RL 4.0, IL 6-12
Student Narc It wasn't Kevin's idea to start working with the cops. But when his best friend dies, somebody has to do something. RL 3.8, IL 5-12
Tag Team Jes had plenty of problems to start with. He was short, shy and lonely – at least until he went out for the school's wrestling team. Then his life seemed to turn around, until the night he had to deal with Banjo and Joey down in the tunnel. 96 pages, RL 3.5, IL 4-9
HIP Junior Novels: These books have been specifically written and edited for reluctant readers ages 9 to 12.
The Crash A school bus slides down a cliff in a snowstorm. The bus driver is out cold, one of the guys is badly hurt, and then the bus catches on fire. RL 2.5, IL grades 3-7
I Didn't Do It! A new kid in town suddenly gets blamed for everything that goes wrong at school. Somebody is out to make Tom look guilty. He has to get smart, fast, to clear his name. RL 2.3, IL grades 4-7
Shooting the Rapids Dad gets badly hurt on a canoe trip. His two sons have to race against time and the weather to get him to town for help. RL 2.3, IL grades 3-6
Three Feet Under Scott and Rico find a map to long-lost treasure buried in an old mine. But when the school bully steals their map, the trouble is only beginning. RL 2.5, IL grades 4-7
Winner Ryan's mom has just won $1.3 million in a lottery. Naturally, Ryan thought he be able to buy lots of cool stuff and live the life he'd always dreamed ... but that was before every scam artist in town came knocking at their door. RL 2.3, IL grades 3-7
Historical Note: While titles in the old Series Canada are out-of-print in Canada itself, fourteen of these books are still available to American schools as "The Encounter Series" through EMC Paradigm, a publisher in St. Paul, Minnesota. For information on those books, click here.