Blink and Caution

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Two street kids get tangled in a plot over their heads—and risk an unexpected connection—in this heart-pounding thriller by Tim Wynne-Jones.

Boy, did Blink get off on the wrong floor. All he wanted was to steal some breakfast for his empty belly, but instead he stumbled upon a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an "abducted" CEO, giving Blink a link to his perfect blonde daughter. Now Blink is on the run, but it’s OK as long as he’s smart enough to stay in the game and ...

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Two street kids get tangled in a plot over their heads—and risk an unexpected connection—in this heart-pounding thriller by Tim Wynne-Jones.

Boy, did Blink get off on the wrong floor. All he wanted was to steal some breakfast for his empty belly, but instead he stumbled upon a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an "abducted" CEO, giving Blink a link to his perfect blonde daughter. Now Blink is on the run, but it’s OK as long as he’s smart enough to stay in the game and keep Captain Panic locked in his hold. Enter a girl named Caution. As in "Caution: Toxic." As in "Caution: Watch Your Step." She’s also on the run, from a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a nightmare in her past that won’t let her go. When she spies Blink at the train station, Caution can see he’s an easy mark. But there’s something about this naïve, skinny street punk, whom she only wanted to rob, that tugs at her heart, a heart she thought deserved not to feel. Charged with suspense and intrigue, this taut novel trails two deeply compelling characters as they forge a blackmail scheme that is foolhardy at best, disastrous at worst—along with a fated, tender partnership that will offer them each a rare chance for redemption.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Blink & Caution is a thrill ride to the end - suspenseful, heart-pounding, and with no mercy for the tenderhearted."
- Rita Williams-Garcia — Quote

"Noir crime suspense that’s terrifying and authentic, and also that rare thing: deeply, intensely moving. Don’t miss reading this one."
- Nancy Werlin — Quote

"Blink & Caution is a thriller and it’s a love story - the first love story I’ve ever written, really. And it’s also a story about following something that grabs you right to the end. It’s about making a move to make something bad end - taking that first brave step towards changing your life. Where will it take you? Well, that’s the story."
- Tim Wynne-Jones — Quote

Barbara A. Ward
The paths of two teens on the run collide on Toronto's streets. Blink survives on the street partly by dining on the leftovers from room service trays in ritzy hotels. But his breakfast is interrupted when he sees a kidnapping that isn't really what it's supposed to be. Through a careless mistake on the part of the culprits, Blink picks up the kidnapped executive's cell phone. When the media report the kidnapping, Blink realizes that he has valuable information. Phone calls from the man's daughter persuade Blink that she needs his help, and he agrees, dreaming of a monetary reward. Caution is also on the run, ostensibly from an abusive drug lord, but in reality from her own past, when a fluke accident changes her world completely. The fast-paced storyline forces readers to consider happenstance, fate, and probability, woven subtly but inexorably through the narrative. Reviewer: Barbara A. Ward
Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
The names in the title have been chosen by two runaway teens, each desperate to escape the lives they have left behind. Blink has chosen theft as a way of survival; Caution has gone the way of drugs and has become a part of a very dangerous crowd. Both young people are looking for security and acceptance, but in the wrong places. The compelling story woven by Wynne-Jones will have the audience rushing to turn pages and discover if each decision made by the loners will take them over the brink of life and death, or to a safe harbor, and if they will finally meet and help each other find sanity in their insane worlds. This story is nearly a cautionary tale for those who are considering taking to the streets to solve problems at home, but nothing of the plot could be called didactic. Marred by unnecessary vulgarity, this fast-paced novel provides a graphic description of life on the streets and the degrading dangers, lurking there. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Blink, a teenaged runaway, is just doing what he has done before when he stealthily arrives on the 16th floor of an upscale hotel in Toronto—scavenging room service trays for breakfast leftovers. That day he gets more than he bargained for when he witnesses a fake kidnapping. Using the key that has been carelessly tossed into the room where he is hiding, he goes inside and finds that a wallet full of money and a phone have been left behind. Blink thinks that it's his lucky day. Caution, another runaway, has escaped from her abusive drug dealing boyfriend and is on the run. When she sees Blink in the train station, she knows he will be easy prey, but after robbing him, she returns the money. She feels unaccountably protective of him, and joins in his attempt to find out what he actually witnessed in that hotel. MacLeod Andrews does a wonderful job at narrating Blink, giving urgency to Blink's inner voice, Captain Panic. His Irish accent for Blink's father is especially good, but he doesn't have the range to voice the female characters successfully. However, this doesn't spoil the listening enjoyment. Tim Wynne-Jones's novel (Candlewick, 2011) is a good choice for collections where young adult audiobooks are popular.—Suanne Roush, Osceola High School, Seminole, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455803637
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 9 CDs, 10 hrs.
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Wynne-Jones has won numerous awards for his work, including an Edgar Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award, and a Boston Globe–Horn Book  Award. He is a faculty member at Vermont College, teaching courses in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. He is the author of more than twenty books for children and young adults, including the novel The Uninvited  and the popular Rex Zero books. Tim Wynne-Jones lives in Ontario with his family.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Tim Wynne Jones fan

    This is a good book. It has a ton of suspense in it. It kept me thinking, "What's going to happen next?" There is also quite a bit of swearing in this book so I wouldnt recommend it to kids under 13.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    I thought this book was amazing! Blink & Caution was slow at

    I thought this book was amazing! Blink & Caution was slow at first but staying patient and getting through the boring parts are definitely worth it! The book did not take long at all to read and was very easy to understand, especially for teenagers. The book always kept you on your toes wanting to know what is going to happen next.
    If I were to rate this book it would be a 9/10, not perfect for all the slow/boring moments in the book. Blink & Caution is about 2 teenagers (Kitty & Brent) living on the streets going through everyday’s obstacles and challenges and when Brent witnesses a “Kidnapping” of a Multi-Millionaire Businessman he is then caught in this fake kidnapping meant to improve the man’s business. During this crazy scheme Brent/Blink meets Kitty/Caution who is running from her drug-addict boyfriend. They both team up to solve this scandal and to help out the Daughter of the businessman.
    Blink & Caution let you experience the thrill-seeking adventures both of these teenagers went through. The story had many cliffhangers wanting you to keep going! This book is very adventurous and I would suggest this book to Thrill-Seeking teenagers.
    Tim Wynne-Jones did an excellent job with this book! It would be amazing to read a sequel of this book showing both Blink & Caution’s lives after the incident (If there is not one out already). One problem with the book was the book would change point of views every chapter making it difficult to understand whose point of view you are reading about. Though the plot and the backround of the story were very well described in the book making me not want to put the book down!

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  • Posted August 5, 2011

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo

    BLINK & CAUTION is the tale of two streets kids. Brent (Blink) and Kitty (Caution) both have back stories that have them on the run. When their paths cross, they work together to overcome the odds against them. Blink was simply looking for a free breakfast when he took the elevator to the sixteenth floor of the hotel. It looked like there would be easy pickings from the half-eaten remains left on trays set outside the rooms. When he actually enters a room to investigate some odd behavior displayed by the exiting guests, he realizes he has witnessed a possible kidnapping. Once inside the room, Blink discovers a wallet filled with cash and a cell phone that reveals the kidnapped may not be the victim he assumed. Having some ready cash is a welcome surprise, but the more Blink learns about the situation, the more nervous he becomes. His nerves prompt him to check out the cell phone more carefully. He actually contacts the "kidnap" victim's daughter in an attempt to reassure her that her father has not been harmed. That contact is one Blink soon comes to regret. Caution has been living on the street and, more recently, with a drug dealer named Merlin. Attempting to run from a tragedy from her past, Caution is fully aware that she harbors a death wish, but at the same time she looks at death as an easy escape from the much harsher punishment that her guilt insists she deserves. Caution is on the run after a fight with Merlin that ended in her discovery of his drug money stash. She can't believe they've been practically starving to death when he has had thousands of dollars hidden away. Anger and fear motivate Caution to grab the money and run. Fate works to bring Blink and Caution together in the train station. After a bumpy first meeting, the two join forces to help each other. Caution provides the street smarts lacking in the naive Blink, and he supplies the funds to sustain their cause. As time passes, the two begin to trust one another with secrets as well as friendship. Award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones takes readers on an adventure with two young people living by their wits as they try to survive, and at the same time right a wrong. It is a story with twists and turns and definitely not for the faint-hearted.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

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    Very Different

    After I read Tim Wynne- Jones' The Uninvited a couple of years ago, I've been looking forward to reading more by him, so when Blink & Caution landed on my radar, I jumped at the first chance I got to read it. Luckily enough, Blink & Caution is a thrilling and suspenseful novel about two teen runaways and the challenges they face.

    Blink and Caution have both been living the hard life for the past year. For Blink that means roughing it on the streets, looking for the next way to get a quick, free meal and a place to stay, because after everything that happened at his home, he knows he's never going back. On the other side of town, Caution has been living with her sleazy, controlling, and drug dealing boyfriend, hoping that one day, she'll face enough pain to forget what happened when she was fifteen, the year she ran away from everyone and everything. Though, one day everything changes, Caution leaves her boyfriend once and for all, and Blink stumbles into a fake kidnapping. Now on the run, both of them are soon to find that there's even more surprises in store for them- one that may even land them in each others arms.

    One of the most rewarding aspects in this novel was the rich and likable characters Tim had in Caution and Blink. Both are characters that you can't help but root for, especially when you find out about all the pain and suffering they've faced in the past. With that, I liked them even better when they finally found in each other in the story, because with each other, they discover a lot about themselves and each other and gain courage to speak up for themselves. Also, the adventures they have are priceless.

    Adding to this, I loved the plot. I thought Tim did a great job of accurately describing the lives of two runaway teens, and what I liked even more was that he never sugar coated anything, instead he gave you a honest view about two very different teens. Further more, the way he tied in the fake-kidnapping mystery worked perfectly not only in the way it brought together they characters but it forever left the reader guessing about what would happen, especially within those last few chapters.

    The only aspect of this novel I wasn't two found of was the way Tim brought you Blink and Caution's story. You see, while Caution's part is told in third person, Blink's is told in second person, and I found that to be a little odd and hard to into at times.

    Lastly, at the core of this novel, Tim Wynne-Jones provokes some interesting questions and ideas, ones that I'm sure will lead to many conversations off page.

    In all, Blink & Caution is an honest and addicting portrayal of two very different teens and the accidents that tie them together. Highly recommended.

    Grade: B+

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