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Dead-End Job

Dead-End Job

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by Vicki Grant
     
 

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Frances works the night shift at a local convenience store, dividing her time between restocking shelves and working on her art. Her routine is broken one night when Devin comes into the store. He claims to be the son of a famous local artist and offers her advice on her drawings. Although he seems to know way too much about her, Frances decides, against the advice

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Frances works the night shift at a local convenience store, dividing her time between restocking shelves and working on her art. Her routine is broken one night when Devin comes into the store. He claims to be the son of a famous local artist and offers her advice on her drawings. Although he seems to know way too much about her, Frances decides, against the advice of her boyfriend, that he is odd but harmless. By the time she realizes the danger she is in, Devin is completely obsessed with her and convinced that if he can't have her, no one will. Frances will be forced to use all her strength to escape from Devin.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Part of the "Orca Surrounding" series, this text is designed to appeal to struggling readers by providing a high-interest story at a lower reading level. Although the novel is likely to be most appreciated by middle and high school readers, the reading level falls at 3.6. Frances, the novel's protagonist, works the graveyard shift at the local convenience store. She does not mind the slow pace, as she uses the time to practice her drawing in preparation for going away to art college the following year. Frances dates Leo, a high school hockey player and fix-it guy who fears losing her to someone more creative and academic. One night, while she tries without success to capture the image of a bag of cheese doodles on the shelf, she meets Devin, a young man who, from the start, strikes her as unusual in a disconcerting sort of way. Devin claims to be the abandoned son of a local celebrity back in town to confront his father. Frances soon finds herself running into Devin wherever she goes—at work, at school, even at the fabric store. She realizes something is amiss, but her attempts to tell Leo her concerns are thwarted when he finds a photo of Frances and Devin planted in Frances' locker. Frances finds herself alone and trapped in the back of the store one night, as Devin tries to woo her with a roasted chicken served on a cardboard box table. With her cunning and courage, she fights back and escapes, and the truth is revealed. Despite the plot-driven nature of the novel, Grant does a fine job of creating characters that are memorable and richly described in few words. Frances' musings about love, family, career, even life and death provide meaty issues to discuss with young readers.2005, Orca, Ages 12 to 17.
—Wendy Glenn, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Frances is hoping to save some money for art school. To do this she works the late shift at a convenience store on the edge of town. There, she meets loner/artist/new guy Devin. Unfortunately, he is severely disturbed and begins an imaginary romance with her that threatens her relationship with her boyfriend, her job, and her personal safety. This is an intense, plot-driven book that hits many familiar yet upsetting notes. The tension is meted out in a deliberate manner. The spare text makes it a strong choice for reluctant readers.-Amy Patrick, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
SouthWestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"[The] danger comes through clearly in the story and will keep the readers engaged until the end. A good, fast read."
Hi-Rise
“Though an easy-to-read novel, this will be a good read for any teen, and worth much discussion given that so many girls and women are at some point stalked. Be sure to give this to a young girl you care about.”
Monday Magazine
“Simply written, with an emphasis on plot and suspense, it makes for a fine non-television alternative.”
CM Magazine
“Suspenseful yet believable...The stalker scenario is realistically plotted and a good subject for a hi-lo book as this situation is one that may be (unfortunately) experienced by some young women...Recommended.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756968700
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/30/2005
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

I ran blindly into the store, sliding in my greasy shoes, knocking cans onto the floor, ramming into shelves. I fumbled for the phone. I picked up the receiver. I could feel Devin right behind me.

I dialed nine, one..

His hand slammed the phone down.

"I hoped it wouldn't come to this," he said.

Meet the Author

Vicki Grant left her career in advertising and television to write her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She enjoys writing for young adults, with a particular interest in reluctant readers. Vicki's books have gone on to win many awards, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award in 2006. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and three children. More information is available at www.vickigrant.com.

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