Maskedby Norah McClintock
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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There's a masked man in the store, and it isn't Halloween. 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.
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.
Meet the Author
Norah McClintock is a five-time winner of the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people. She is the author of more than sixty YA novels, including books in Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series. Norah lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.norahmcclintock.com.
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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.
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.
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.