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Orca Soundings
Knifepoint
By (author): Alex Van Tol
9781554693054 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Action & Adventure / Survival Stories Oct 01, 2010
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.3 in 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources 32 Orca Book Publishers
 
YALSA Quick Picks 2011, Commended TriState YA Review Group Book of Note 2011, Commended
Jill has always been good with horses, just not so good with people.

Jill took a job which sounded perfect for the summer, guiding tourists on trail rides in the beautiful mountains. She didn't realize that the money was terrible, the hours long and the coworkers insufferable. After a blow-up with her boss, she takes a single man into the mountains for a ride, only to find that he is a dangerous killer. When Jill fights back and manages to escape, she is in a desperate race to survive and make it to safety.

Also available in Spanish.

Alex Van Tol grew up reading a wide range of books, from Enid Blyton to Stephen King. She taught middle school for eight years, then made the switch to writing for a living. She has published numerous titles with Orca. Alex lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family. For more information, visit www.alexvantol.com.

"From the moment Jill and her sociopathic tourist head into the mountains until her final harrowing escape, the suspense is palpable. Both reluctant and avid readers who enjoy nail-biting tension will race through to find out whether or not Jill reaches safety." - Booklist

"Thrilling and fast-paced…[Knifepoint] will appeal to those who struggle with reading…The Rocky Mountains setting is an inspired backdrop for the gripping suspense of this novel." - Resource Links

"Nail-biting suspense, fast-paced adventure, and believable characters will pull even the most reluctant reader through to the end...Strongly recommended where action/adventure titles are needed." - Tri State YA Book Review Committee

"I can't remember ever reacting to a book the way I did with Knifepoint; it was crazy to actually feel my heart beating through my chest. The story was so real; I can see how this novel could really help reluctant readers become interested in reading. It’s a very fast read, but well worth it! Four stars!" - Bookvacations.wordpress.com

"The story is fast moving, and reluctant readers will be on the edge of their seats as Jill tries to outrun—and outthink—her tormentor in this suspenseful page-turner." - The Horn Book Guide

"This quick read from the Orca Soundings series will keep teens riveted to the terror Jill feels." - Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

"Reluctant readers will like this action-filled read." - Washington State Young Adult Review Group

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