Knifepoint

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I've never heard myself scream before. Not like this

Jill took a job that 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 co-workers insufferable. After a blowup with her boss, she takes a lone 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 ...

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Overview

I've never heard myself scream before. Not like this

Jill took a job that 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 co-workers insufferable. After a blowup with her boss, she takes a lone 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Tri State YA Book Review Committee
"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."
Booklist
"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."
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"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."
The Horn Book Guide
"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."
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"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!"
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"This quick read from the Orca Soundings series will keep teens riveted to the terror Jill feels."
Washington State Young Adult Review Group
"Reluctant readers will like this action-filled read."
Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
Disillusioned with her summer job of guiding tourists through wild country around the ranch, and annoyed with her boss, Jill chooses to branch out on her own and take a single, attractive man on a trail ride. Too late, the teen discovers that the stranger has sinister plans for her. Making sexual advances at first, creepy Darren does not like being thwarted by a girl—or maybe he does—especially when he can revel in the power of being in control. Readers may have difficulty in determining whether Darren is sex crazed, or just crazed. At any rate, most of the story is devoted to the struggle between Jill to stay alive; she eventually does her perpetrator a fair amount of physical damage with blow and injury detailed for the exercise of the reader's imagination. Although the action is incessant, the language is foul and Darren's intentions, torturous. For YA readers, librarians, or other adults who simply want to read a thriller, this book fills that desire. For the thoughtful reader who wishes fine writing, memorable quotes, or a novel to return to again and again for life lessons, this novel is not a choice. If a teen wants to know how to dispense with a knife wielding tourist, this title would probably supply useful information. Why "conventional wisdom" insists on violence for reluctant readers remains a mystery to this reviewer. Part of the "Orca Soundings" series. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—This book is a real thriller. Jill works on a ranch for the summer and she's just exhausted. Up at the crack of dawn, heavy manual labor, low pay, and job-shirking coworkers have pushed her to the breaking point. When she has an argument with her boss, she makes a bad decision and takes a cute guy on a trail ride without getting all the paperwork in order beforehand. He pulls a knife, and Jill's not sure that she can get out of this predicament—but she's going to use every ounce of her strength and all of her emotional resources to fight for her life. Easy to read and short, this page-turner will be in hot demand.—Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554693054
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Orca Soundings Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 650,320
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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. Oracle is her first Orca Currents novel. Alex lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family. Visit www.alexvantol.com for more information.
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Suddenly my outrage dissolves, replaced by cold fear. It sticks in my throat. Darren takes a step toward me. I jump back, but he grabs my wrist and yanks me around, twisting my arm behind my back. Pain explodes in a series of flashing white and red lights. My body locks up with agony as my shoulder rotates toward the outer edge of its range of motion. I scream. What the hell is going on? How can this be happening to me?

I’ve never heard myself scream before. Not like this.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

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    He's not who he says he is...

    Jill is not happy--it's only 7am and she's rounding up 60 horses at the ranch, knowing her fellow employees are probably still enjoying their beauty sleep. She's exhausted from the previous day's work and bitter at the low pay she's getting from all her hard work. The handsome tourist who appears and says he's next for a trail ride picks Jill's spirits up. As they ride down the trail, Jill realizes she forgot to get the required paperwork but the two forge on with the ride. At a stop Jill has chosen for its beautiful views, the man reveals himself to be something other than a good-looking tourist wanting to explore -- Jill must fight for her life. This quick read from the Orca Soundings series will keep teens riveted to the terror Jill feels. Appropriate for grades 7 and higher.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo

    It was supposed to be a chance to get a taste of country life before she had to settle down to something more serious. Jill thought working in the mountains, taking vacationers on horseback adventures, would be a great summer job. Unfortunately, things were not working out on a number of different levels. Her co-workers seemed to have more fun partying every night, which left Jill to take up the slack every morning. If that wasn't bad enough, her boss, James, seemed to think it was his duty to make life even more miserable. He was demanding, and at the same time incredibly creepy. She was beginning to think this might be her last day on the job. The day started out with a nearly impossible task - rounding up 60 horses and getting them saddled and ready for the scheduled trail rides. The work was exhausting and made more difficult by the fact that Jill knew her co-workers were probably still tucked in their beds, sleeping off the fun times of the previous night. The only thing to brighten her day was the good-looking guy she spotted hanging out around the corral. After a morning trail ride, Jill expected to have a quick lunch and get a few minutes of rest, but the handsome tourist approached her and stated that he was her next scheduled appointment. He announced that he was interested in a wilderness adventure ride. The adventure rides were really for the experts, and Jill had never put herself in that category; however, James was right there to insist that she was the person for the job. Once the ride began, Jill quickly assessed that her companion was not much of a horseman, so she was able to slow things down and truly begin to enjoy the afternoon ride. They headed up to an area surrounding a deserted mill that always impressed the visitors. Jill isn't prepared for what happens next. This ride may turn out to be the last one she ever takes. Author Alex Van Tol takes readers on a terrifying adventure. The relaxing mountain ride becomes a life-threatening experience when the handsome tourist turns out to be a psychotic killer. More than half of this short, fast-paced book is filled with deadly action. Readers won't be able to turn the pages fast enough to find out how everything ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2011

    I hope i love it!

    Even thouugh i haven't read the first twenty pages,the summary makes it sound so intresting!

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