Jacked [NOOK Book]

Overview

As far as Zane knows, today is just another boring day at his boring gas-station job. Until he gets carjacked by a masked gunman. Zane has no idea where they're going or what will happen when they get there. All he knows is that the lunatic in the passenger seat has a gun aimed at him. Zane tries to reason with the guy, and when that fails, he tries a couple of daring stunts to get free, but they backfire. They've been on the road for a long time before Zane's fear starts to ease just a little, enough for his ...
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Jacked

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Overview

As far as Zane knows, today is just another boring day at his boring gas-station job. Until he gets carjacked by a masked gunman. Zane has no idea where they're going or what will happen when they get there. All he knows is that the lunatic in the passenger seat has a gun aimed at him. Zane tries to reason with the guy, and when that fails, he tries a couple of daring stunts to get free, but they backfire. They've been on the road for a long time before Zane's fear starts to ease just a little, enough for his curiosity to take over. His captor has had several opportunities to hurt him or punish him for trying to get away, but he hasn't. Zane starts to wonder who this guy is. And what he really wants.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
Zane is just trying to sneak out and get something to eat before his boss stops by the gas station when he gets in his car. His plans change completely when a masked gunman climbs in next to him. The gunman does not seem to want money or the car. He wants Zane to drive, but will not tell him where or why. Zane gets more worried the farther they go, but something about his carjacker begins to look familiar. This powerful and exciting story is packed in a short and accessible format. Zane's reactions are understandable, and his character is shown in depth. While the language is simple, nothing is lost. Several serious issues are raised and addressed without shying away from the difficulties. The severity of the main event seems downplayed in a resolution that works a little too well, but the author neatly avoids assuming an instructive voice and lets the story speak for itself. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann
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"This novel has a great storyline and it immediately jumps into the action, hooking the reader. There is hardly any wait time for the thrills to begin; Zane is carjacked within a few pages of the novel, and the intensity of the carjacking will have the reader rapidly turning the pages."
Readingjunky's Reading Roost blog
"Jacked will have instant appeal for reluctant readers. It gets right into the action and keeps things pumped up right to the end. Written in a high interest/low level style makes it a great motivator for further reading."
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"Fast-paced and action-packed, truly a book to appeal to a reluctant reader...Mac packs this short novel with enough twists and turns to keep a reader interested and doesn't waste time with superfluous descriptions."
Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee
"Recommended where hi/lo books are needed with strong male leads."
Canadian Teacher
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554694877
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Series: Orca Soundings Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,174,764
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 142 KB

Meet the Author

Carrie Mac is an award-winning author who has moved too many times to count. For now, she lives in Pemberton, a very small town nestled in the mountains north of Vancouver. Carrie Mac's first novel The Beckoners won the Arthur Ellis YA Award, is a CLA Honour book, and is being adapted for film. She is available for school and library presentations, and has been known to hold the interest of a couple hundred teens where others have failed. Maybe it's the tattoos. carriemac.com
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Read an Excerpt

There's a masked man in the passenger seat, pointing a gun at me.

A masked man. A gun. In my car.

"Drive!" He waves the gun at me.

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  • Posted October 21, 2009

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    JACKED is a fast-paced, easy read by Carrie Mac.

    Zane is just starting another boring shift at the gas station. He figures he'll be selling cigarettes and snack items for the next few hours without much in the way of excitement. Then he gets the bright idea to lock up the store for just a few minutes so he can head over to a neighboring restaurant for a quick burrito.

    As Zane hops into his car, already thinking about the burrito and the cute waitress about to serve him, he is shocked when a masked man slides into the passenger seat beside him. Before he knows it, he has a gun pressed to his temple and he's being told to drive.

    He heads out onto the street and is soon instructed to pull onto an on-ramp and then the freeway. Thoughts whirl through his mind as the gunman gives directions. Should he try to speed and get stopped by the cops? Should he make a grab for the gun?

    Zane tries to get the guy talking. Although he doesn't reveal much, Zane is beginning to think maybe he knows this guy. He is definitely nervous and maybe high on something, but he takes Zane by surprise when he demands they head off the freeway to a hospital.

    JACKED will have instant appeal for reluctant readers. It gets right into the action and keeps things pumped up right to the end. Written in a high interest/low level style makes it a great motivator for further reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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