Masked

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When Daniel enters a convenience store on a secret mission, he doesn't expect to run into anyone he knows. That would ruin everything. And when Rosie enters the same store to see what her father wants, she's hoping to make a quick getaway with her waiting boyfriend. All Daniel and Rosie want is to get in and out without any trouble. Neither expects what happens next. A masked man enters the store. "This is a stickup," he announces. He has a gun and isn't afraid to use it. When he's ready to leave, he decides to ...
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Overview

When Daniel enters a convenience store on a secret mission, he doesn't expect to run into anyone he knows. That would ruin everything. And when Rosie enters the same store to see what her father wants, she's hoping to make a quick getaway with her waiting boyfriend. All Daniel and Rosie want is to get in and out without any trouble. Neither expects what happens next. A masked man enters the store. "This is a stickup," he announces. He has a gun and isn't afraid to use it. When he's ready to leave, he decides to take Rosie hostage. And then things get complicatedÖ.
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Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"McClintock is a master of mystery and crime…Readers will be drawn into the lives of the characters and gripped with the electric plot and unexpected twists…Masked is exceptional in its ability to capture a dramatic and tragically life-changing story for so many characters in little more than 100 pages. Highly Recommended."
Booklist
"Tight plotting, swift pacing, and tension that intensifies with each page turn mark this entry in the always reliable Orca Soundings series for reluctant readers…With scarcely an extraneous word, McClintock keeps the suspense at a roiling simmer, doling out pieces of crucial information that twist the crime drama into a doomed love tangle, capped by an arresting and satisfying conclusion."
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"Each new perspective adds an insightful layer to the story leading to an unexpected plot twist…The characters are all interesting and believable…Would be good as a class novel as it has a range of characters with problems that everyone can relate to."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"Teens will like the cover and the action."
The Horn Book Guide
"The short chapters are appropriately tense and suspenseful, and the novel does provide some unexpected twists."
Tri State YA Book Review Committee
"As with all the Orca Soundings books, this novel succeeds on many levels. The pace is breakneck...taking numerous twists and turns...and ending in a satisfying denouement...A little mystery, a strange kind of romance, and a non-stop thriller. What more could reluctant readers want? Buy this for your older reluctant readers. They will not be able to put it down."
Tr-State YA Book Review Committee
"As with all the Orca Soundings books, this novel succeeds on many levels. The pace is breakneck...taking numerous twists and turns...and ending in a satisfying denouement...A little mystery, a strange kind of romance, and a non-stop thriller. What more could reluctant readers want? Buy this for your older reluctant readers. They will not be able to put it down."
Children's Literature - Justina Engebretson
Daniel, a high school student, is just an average guy going into an average convenience store on a seemingly average day. His purpose, slightly more than average, is to gain access to some of the store owner's financial files. Daniel is a mystery shopper but today he is getting paid to be a spy for a man who wants to buy the property where the store is located. After Daniel discovers the documents he is looking for, he tries to sneak back out of the store without being caught by the store owner's daughter Rosie, who goes to Daniel's high school. Just when Daniel gets back out to the front of the store, the door opens and in walks a man wearing a mask and holding a gun. Time seems to stop in that moment and the lives of Daniel, Rosie, and the Masked Man are forever intertwined. All three want something, but will they all get what they want or die trying? McClintock does an excellent job capturing a reader's attention from the first page. This book, a part of the "Orca Soundings" series, is written from the alternating first-person-perspective of these three main characters. It is short and fast paced with every page full of suspense and intrigue. The characters are depicted honestly; their faults evident for all, which allows teenagers to relate to them better. Both teenage boys and girls will enjoy this book, though boys may find the quick action more appealing. The might be a useful tool to make reading more engaging for the less than eager reader. Topics of concern for parents and educators may be the use of swear words and issues concerning teenage pregnancy. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson
School Library Journal
Gr 8–11—McClintock tells the story of a convenience-store robbery through the eyes of the store owner and his daughter, Rosie; the mystery shopper, who is another teen from the neighborhood; the gunman, Leon, who is Rosie's ex-boyfriend; and Corey, Rosie's boyfriend. There is suspense to keep reluctant readers interested, and there is enough backstory to flesh out the characters, at least a bit. One nice surprise is the lack of foul language, even though an armed crime is taking place. Of course, secrets are revealed, and Leon's tale is particularly tragic. Unfortunately, Rosie garners no sympathy; she is a selfish girl who only dated Leon until Corey "came back" from cheating on her. She has lied and manipulated him and acts surprised at what he has done. Corey is despicable, with no redeeming qualities, at least in this story. This seems more like an introduction than a fleshed-out novel.—Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554693641
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Orca Soundings Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,376,595
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Norah McClintock is a five-time winner of the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Novel. Although Norah is a freelance editor, she still manages to write at least one novel a year. Visit www.norahmcclintock.com for more information.

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There's a masked man in the store, and it isn't Halloween.
I duck down again—fast.

I hear someone say, "This is a stickup." It's the guy in the mask. He has a weird voice, like it's not a normal voice. He says, "Is there anyone else in the store?"

That tells me that the masked man hasn't seen me.

"No," my dad says without even a second's hesitation.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2011

    Masked will leave you wanting more!

    Daniel has a job as a mystery shopper. He finds the job very exciting until he is asked to do something unusual. Daniel typical job assignments were visiting a retail store, bank restaurant or other places where the public does business. His purpose was observing and measuring customer service products and the environment of the establishment in general. Many times the information collected help the company to improve training programs, improve food, and simply improve ways clients serves its customers. However, Daniel was hired by a friend of his uncle who's a real-estate developer. Daniel was given specific details by his boss about expecations for completing his new assignment. The employer was buying a lot of property in the area, and to complete his deal he needed to by this store. The owner did not want to sell his property. Daniels assignment was to look at Mr. Mrielli's financial records. Once that was known his employer could find ways to pressure Mr. Mirelli to sell his property to him. After he completed his mission he starts back toward the door but before he got there he heard a voice one he recognized. It was Rosie the owners daughter he did not want her to see him because it would have blown his cover. Rosie Mirelli is in Daniels history class. Rosie was the cute popular girl at school. Who was going out with Corey whom she claims she is in love with. She and Corey where up stairs in her apartment. Corey was waiting for her to finish packing, when her dad Mr. Mirelli, called her down stairs to help with something. Rosie told Corey she would be right back for him to wait right there. Once she made it down stairs to help her father that's, when a masked man wearing all black with a scuff mark on his shoe holding a gun came into the store yelling this is a stick up. This book is a good read. It had many twist in the story line. I would recommend this book to any high school student who doesn't want to read a 300 page book. This is the book for you! It has MYSTERY, DRAMA and SECRETS. Masked will leave you wanting more! No question will go unanswered.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo

    The actions in a convenience store one afternoon change the lives of a small cast of characters. MASKED may be just over 100 pages, but the plot still takes many exciting twists and turns. Daniel's real reason for stopping by has nothing to do with the beverages, snacks, and wrestling magazines that he places on the check-out counter. He is out to retrieve information for another businessman interested in obtaining the property where the convenience store is located. His request to use the restroom is just an excuse to get a peek at the company files. As Daniel begins his undercover work, he hears the store owner call upstairs to someone named Rosie. Assuming that someone is the owner's wife, Daniel is surprised to see it is actually a girl his age - and he realizes that he knows her. Rosie reluctantly enters through the backroom and seems irritated to have been called on to perform some petty task by her store-owner father. She has her own agenda, which involves the young man waiting impatiently upstairs. She was hoping not to have to deal with any store business ever again after today. When a masked man holding a gun enters the picture, everyone is taken completely by surprise. He seems serious but not particularly competent in his role as criminal. Gathering all the available cash doesn't seem to be his main motivation. Readers are in for some surprises as all the plot threads are pulled together. MASKED is loaded with the unexpected, making it a good book for teens and especially reluctant readers.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

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    Masked for me was envisioning with many unexpected turn of events. Norah McClintock has done a few Orca books as well as her popular novels published by Scholastic Canada. This is my second book by McClintock and although this one is placed on the pile for reluctant readers, I can't help but recommended this book to any YA books fanatic.

    When I read, I like the feeling that I'm right by the characters side, (depending on who was telling the story from their point f view; Daniel, Rosie, or the masked man) feeling how they feel, thinking the way they think...it's real, so true.

    Rosie, the daughter of the man whose store is getting robbed finds herself in a very sticky situation...maybe even more than Daniel, the boy who walks through the doors hoping for a grab and go rather than a stick up by a masked man. Corey (Rosie's boyfriend) who's somewhat a minor character in the story turns out to be quite essential himself...poor kid is waiting for Rosie to run off with but finds that people aren't always what they seem to be. Which brings me to story's' message...people aren't really honest with themselves, therefore dishonest with anyone in their path.

    I was very impressed by McClintocks ability to write such as interesting story in a matter of 108 pages...the story came together really good too. This gets a 4/5 only because it's a little too short.

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