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Seven Second Delay
by Tom Easton

Trade Binding | 224 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823432097 | 02-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: SEVENTH | Age: 12 up

Themes: Fairness, Justice & Equality, Survival, Government & Politics
Recommendations: A, K, PW, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
SL.9-10.1, 1a, 1c, 1d, 3, 4
W.9-10.4-6, 9, 10
RL.9-10.1-6, 10
L.9-10.3, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 5b, 6

About the Book

Seven seconds is all she has.

In a futuristic world of constant surveillance, Mila is hunted by government agents. She has only one advantage: a seven second delay on her monitored video feed. On her lightning-fast getaway she must take an unpredictable route to thwart her pursuers. In just seven seconds, she can fake one direction and take off in the next. As she runs, the government positions Mila as a dangerous terrorist in the media. Soon the entire nation is watching her feed! Against all odds, Mila gains the trust of one of her monitors and finds an unlikely ally in an Isles citizen. With their help, Mila must use her seven seconds wisely to prevent a nationwide disaster—and save her own life.


"Cinematically thrilling, passionately political and primed for a sequel."—Kirkus Reviews

"Moves at breakneck pace. . . . Reads like a summer blockbuster action movie."—School Library Journal

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Discuss the main and supporting characters in SEVEN SECOND DELAY. Analyze how author Tom Easton develops the characters over the course of a text, including their multiple or conflicting motivations, how they interact with other characters and how they advance the plot or develop the theme. RL.9-10.1, 3

2. How does Tom Easton create atmosphere through setting? Use examples from the text. Explain how details, words and phrases evoke the setting and affect meaning. RL.9-10.3, 4

3. What is the central idea of the text? Analyze in detail its development over the course of the novel, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details. RL.9-10.2 / W.9-10.9

4. Use evidence from the story to describe what people, forces, ideas, values and institutions oppose each other in SEVEN SECOND DELAY. RL.9-10.1

Readers' Guide
Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration.