Saddleback Pub Theme: Hi-Lo, Life lessons, values, identity, good vs.evil, temptation Tanner Brice has always resented his stepfather. But is that any reason to suspect the man of murder? When Tanner asks a powerful man to help him investigate his father's death, he quickly finds out that appearances can be deceiving. Written specifically for struggling readers to explore genres, like mysteries and science fiction, these fast-paced books hold student interest until the last page. Questions at the end of each title promote cognitive development by making students think about vocabulary, comprehension, character, and plot.