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Are You in the House Alone?

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An updated look for the classic YA thriller from genre heavyweight Richard Peck

Sixteen-year-old Gail is living the upper-class suburban life when she begins receiving terrifying phone calls and notes in her locker. And the calls keep coming. When she's attacked by the town's golden boy everyone refuses to take action against him and his powerful family. A frightening drama that deals with heavy teen issues and the idea of justice (or lack ...

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Overview

An updated look for the classic YA thriller from genre heavyweight Richard Peck

Sixteen-year-old Gail is living the upper-class suburban life when she begins receiving terrifying phone calls and notes in her locker. And the calls keep coming. When she's attacked by the town's golden boy everyone refuses to take action against him and his powerful family. A frightening drama that deals with heavy teen issues and the idea of justice (or lack thereof) from bestselling author Richard Peck.

A sixteen-year-old girl with a steady boyfriend suddenly begins receiving threatening phone calls while she is babysitting and anonymous notes in her high school locker.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This is a highly suspenseful but brutally honest story of teenage rape. Gail Osburne is a high school student who moved with her family from New York City to a small town, where life was supposed to be calmer and safer. She tells the story of being stalked by a presumed stranger and finally assaulted while she is babysitting. No forced entry, no witnesses. Her own casual sex with her boyfriend as well as her use of the pill and the social status of the rapist are all seen as impediments to a rape conviction and there isn't even a trial. The boy goes off to boarding school and life in the small town goes on. The reader will hang on every page to learn who the stalker is. The dialogue is fast, fluid and real. When Gail is talking to her parents or her friends, the conversations have all the tensions and insecurities familiar to teenagers, though Gail is often perceptive and thoughtful. The book demands discussion at the very least about how and whether society's perception of rape and rape victims has changed in the quarter century since this book was written. No young person should read this book alone and not have a chance to talk about it. 2000 (orig. 1976), Puffin/Penguin, Ages 16 to 18, $11.70, $5.99 and $4.99. Reviewer: Karen Leggett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141306933
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 391,387
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Peck

Richard Peck lives in New York City. His extensive list of honors includes the Newbery Medal, the Edgar Award, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, and the National Humanities Medal. He has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    It a great book you are thinking is a like a horror story and th

    It a great book you are thinking is a like a horror story and then it goes into being a more high school issue with teens and having to do with court. It you like his books you will like this one.

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    No

    I had to read it for a class. It was okay, we had a question and it asked us "why do you think Phil choose Gail?" I didn't know how to answer the question.

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    Great

    This book was very good. I usually dont read books from different decades. But this book was something that I wont forget. This definetly my kind of book.

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  • Posted May 27, 2009

    Are You in the House Alone???

    Book Review Outline
    Book title and author: Are you in the House Alone? By Richard Peck
    Title of review:
    Number of stars (1 to 5): 4

    Introduction
    This story is about a girl who gets raped. I would recommend this book to young adults. Richard Peck wrote this story for suspense. I gave this story 4 star because it was intense and entertaining. I couldn't put it down for five seconds.

    Description and summary of main points
    Are you in the House Alone is about a girl named Gail Osburne who starts to get notes in her locker. Her best friend tells her to forget it it's just a dream but it wasn't a dream. After all the notes she keeps getting she starts to get phone calls. Her worst nightmare was starting to happen. It was getting worse and worse and then . . .

    Evaluation
    I like the story Are you in the House alone because it is one of my favorite kind of story. I like it because it had Great detail. It had great decrepit. This book it one of the best books I ever read.

    Conclusion
    In my conclusion I would recommend this story to young adults who like to read about intense stories. It story is great because of all the great detail and decrepit. This is one of my favorite books ever. I couldn't stop reading this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    Kat, who is a majure book worm....crap

    This book was....well there is really no words, but I can say if you like on the edge of your seat, can't put down the book, and a very drama loving person, this book will rock!!!It had unexpected turns that I couldn't have even thought of, and Gail, the character, she was the hit character and I really liked her personality and how Rich Peck created her.I would like to tell Richard thanks for an awesome read.You really need it in the summer when you're bored and always seem to have the worst books in your library, coming across a good one is inlightning.THANKS!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2008

    My Review

    This book was like no other book ive read before. Gail Osburne, a high school young lady, gets raped unexpectedly by a very unexpected person. She ends up telling her bestfriend, Allison, who it was but Allison doesn't believe her and they end up getting in a pretty bad argument. It's pretty sad. There were parts in the story that kept me going and going. But, there were also parts that i thought didnt really go with the story and should have been taken out to me, those parts were the cause that made the story boring for me. Other than that it's an alright book if you have no other book to read, try this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2008

    A reviewer

    Are You In The House Alone? by Richard Peck was a phenomenal book!! I absolutely loved it! It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I read it. I could not set it down. At times, it may get a bit scary, but enjoyed it very much! I usually don't enjoy reading books, but I had to read a book for a project in class, and I chose this one. After I read it, I was excited to start reading many more books that are similar to this one. I have read many books like Are You In The House Alone? since then, and now I love books!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

    wow! bring back to reality alright

    this book was great1 i read in my criminal justice class.Its a captivating story and i couldnt stop reading. It not exactly horror it just has you on the edge of your seat.I enjoyed it wonderfully.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    This was an amazing book!

    Are You In The House Alone By: Richard Peck? This book is a realistic fiction book. This book was a very good book because once you started to read it. It was very hard to put down. It was mysterious and it was an easy book to follow. The book takes place during Thanksgiving time at Gail¿s best friend Allison¿s house. It also takes place at Gail¿s house, Mrs. Montgomery¿s house, and school. The major conflict in the book is that Gail is receiving letters and phone calls from a person she doesn¿t know. Gail doesn¿t know what to do about it. The Story starts off when Gail receives a letter in her locker that is very perverted. She receives more than one and then she starts to receive phone calls. Some phone calls there was nothing said, but then in others there was a few nasty words said. Gail was babysitting on a Saturday night for Mrs. Montgomery while she was out. She receives a phone call from someone and gets scared. She then calls her boyfriend Steve knowing that he was out with his dad on business. Steve didn¿t pick up his phone. Some one knocked on the front door and Gail thought it was Steve even though she knew it couldn¿t be. Gail opened the door to a big surprise. This book is in the first person point of view he describes his tone and language very well. I would recommend this book to 7th and 8th graders who like mysterious books. This book can show people a different view on things such as rape and sexual harassment. It makes you think of things that you usually wouldn¿t think of unless someone brings up the topic. This book was very good and easy to understand and I liked it a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    Best book ever

    Are you in the house alone by Richard Peck is fiction. I like this book a lot but there needs more to it. It was sad for me. .It was also scary when someone breaks into the house. At the Montgomery house for Thanksgiving Present day. In the story, a major conflict is when a guy calls the house first, then the doorbell rings. Then he breaks into the house and rapes her. Then she gets knocked out on the floor. The major point in the story is when the girl that was in the house gets raped and knocked out on the floor so her parents see her. The second major point is while she stills knock out she rushed to the hospital and wakes up saying ¿where am I¿¿? The third major point is when her best friend sue gets shot in the head. This book is in first person. She tells the story. about her best friend Because it makes you want to read more about the book. She uses scary words. I recommend this book because it exciting at first, but very sad at the end. This book is only for kids ages 10-14 because of the bad words it has. Its not good for kids under age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2007

    I've got chills!!

    This was a great book. I read it in one day!! This book I could not put down!! Now I have a buddy to stay with at home!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2006

    What a good book.

    I thought it was really good how they started it off. How she was getting alot of phone calls and notes in her locker she was so scared. In the end it was nothing really for her to be scared about. But i would like to give advice to anyone who is scared or is getting stalked. All you have to do is tell an adult unlike Gail. SHe kept it in for a very long time and i don't that was such a bright idea. Thanks 4 ur time hope 2 hear from you. Don't send nothin' bad either ye heard

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2005

    Nicely Done!

    I read a lot of books and this one happened to catch my eye.I think this book was great because it truly does throw out some questions for people to really think about.It really does play out like it would if this story happened to anyone.Nothing is protected anymore, and i think this story is great if more people could think like Peck it would be wonderful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    Are You In The House Alone

    I chose to read 'Are you in the House Alone' by Richard Peck because I thought it would be an interesting book and I also like suspense. The main character, Gail was being watched by her best friend Alison's boyfriend, Phil. Whenever she was alone he'd call her wherever she was, but when she answered he'd wait a second and then hang up. He also left her notes in her locker at school. One night when she was babysitting he came to the door and she opened the door thinking it was her boyfriend Steve but it was really Phil. He wanted to know if Allison was there. He used the excuse that he needed to use the phone to call her. She found out it was him and she tried to get away but hooked his ankle around Gail's and she fell onto the floor. This was a sad book, but I recommend people should read it because it could happen to someone you know or the person you trust could hurt someone you know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2004

    Erika, bookworm105

    Are you in the house alone? was a very good, real story. It is a continuous downfall of one girl's life, ending in a serious rape and later leading to someone else getting hit by a car. Gail feels responsible for everything in this book and somehow manages to find a way to the top. It is a great book for those who have suffered a rape crime and for others who don't understand it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2004

    dont babysit alone!!

    I think that this story is very good, in many ways.But mostly beacuase gail, the main character learns how to speak up and tell people about the threatening things that are happening in her life. Its a sad story, since she is rapped and its also very scary at times! But i would reccomend it to any teens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2004

    Wow what a book!

    This book was great for me because I never really understood why rape was such a big deal. After reading this book, I found that it truly is a nightmare. I couldn't put this book down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2003

    A Very Well Written Book.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is filled with surprises chills and thrills that the reader will indeed be at the edge of their seat! Richard Peck is an astounding author that can capture the reader to think that they are the main character. I DO NOT reccomend this book to childern under 13, because it contains some sexual content.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    It was a great book

    it was a great book seeing how one girl gets all these mysterious phone calls. You can see in the book how a 16 year old girl is being afrid. You should check this book out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2003

    Don't stay in a house alone...

    Did you ever feel that somewhere, someone was always watching or listening to you when you were in a house alone? If you never felt that, you will feel it after find out what had happened to the 16 year-old girl in this story. The girl's name is Gail. Gail starts getting strange phone calls when she is alone in the house or baby-sitting, and notes in her locker. The mystery begins with it. She doesn't want to be alone, scary, to fear but people just keep leave her alone. I bet you will get shock when you find out the person who stalks her. The story makes the reader gets realy excited, also makes to wants to read and know more and more. I enjoyed reading this book, and I think all people who like mystery or suspension could read this book. But not young kids, l don't think it's good for kids. I hope you people would enjoy and have fun with this book.

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