Short for Chameleon

Short for Chameleon

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Embarrassed by your brother? Estranged from your uncle? Then you might need some help from Almost Family Surrogate Agency. Cam Redden and his dad are rent-a-relatives, available for hire to anyone looking to upgrade. Cam's job is all about being whoever other people want him to be. Then two new clients come along. Albertina is an old lady with a big mouth, a bigger wig and a serious mission. Raylene is a beautiful girl with a nose ring, a wonky eye and a painful secret. Now to get to the bottom of the tragic mysteries that fuel them both, Cam may finally have to be himself.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperTrophyCanada, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781443448987
Branch Call Number: YA FIC GRANT
Characteristics: 245 pages ; 20 cm

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Oct 22, 2017

Written by Vicki Grant, the book Short for Chameleon is about a boy and his father who run a business called, “Rent A Relative.” If you ever needed a fake brother, sister, father, mother, grandmother, cousin, or any other relative you could possibly think of then you could always give a call to Cam Redden and his father. The book discussed Cam dealing with two pesky and mysterious customers, Albertina, and Raylene. The book was filled with a bunch of great jokes, and bizarre moments I think anyone would enjoy. I would rate this book a two out of five though, because I found it just wasn’t that intriguing to me. I think if it was a little more realistic then I would enjoy it more, but if you enjoy crazy and bizarre stories then this is the book for you.
- @BetweenTheLines of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Cameron Reddie and his Dad are rent-a-relatives. Their clients pay them to pose as family members. Cam’s fairly happy with this life. He basically says as little as possible and no one figures it out. But then he gets two new clients: Albertina, an elderly lady with a mission to complete at all costs, and Raylene, who has a painful secret. If Cam wants to help them overcome their burdens, he may have to do the one thing he has never before done as a part of his job: be himself.
Vicki Grant’s novel is short enough to avoid dragging on, yet long enough for it to be sufficiently entertaining. It’s simple enough to understand, but always keeps the reader guessing as to what’s going to happen next. The characters are so different from themselves and the normal, but for the most part, they get along in a way that makes sense to the reader. It deals with some “deep” themes but keeps things light and funny. “Short for Chameleon” is entertaining in a way that’s unmatched by most other books I’ve read, but it’s still a worthwhile way to pass the time.
- @R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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