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Shock Point
     

Shock Point

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by April Henry
 

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Cassie discovers that her stepfather, Rick, a teen psychiatrist, has been illegally prescribing a new behavioral drug to his patients?and three teens have died. Before she can report him, Rick commits Cassie to Peaceful Cove, a boot camp for troubled teens in Mexico. Cassie knows she has to get out now, before more teens die. But no one has ever escaped from Peaceful

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Cassie discovers that her stepfather, Rick, a teen psychiatrist, has been illegally prescribing a new behavioral drug to his patients?and three teens have died. Before she can report him, Rick commits Cassie to Peaceful Cove, a boot camp for troubled teens in Mexico. Cassie knows she has to get out now, before more teens die. But no one has ever escaped from Peaceful Cove alive?and even if Cassie gets over the walls and survives the Mexican desert, will anyone believe her story?

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From the Publisher
Henry packs her first YA novel with the quick action and suspense that will keep even reluctant readers turning the pages." School Library Journal
Children's Literature
Many teens have conflicts with their stepparents, but Cassie's problems with her mother's new husband, Rick, take a decidedly violent twist when she is thrown into the back of a van. Although Rick has convinced Cassie's mother that the 15-year-old needs a stint at a Mexican boot camp for at-risk youth to straighten her out, Cassie knows why he wants her out of the picture. Rick, a psychiatrist, has been treating his patients with an experimental drug called Socom. Several of his teen patients have suffered delusions that led to their deaths while taking the medicine, but Rick would rather hide that information. After all, he stands to make a fortune once the drug hits the market, as long as no one makes that connection. And no one will, once Cassie's away. Peaceful Cove is, for all intents and purposes, a sort of pseudo-prison for problem kids. Because it is entirely unregulated, the staff makes its own harsh rules. For the most part, the kids just try to survive. But Cassie knows she has to do more than survive. After all, if she does not get out and spread the word about Socom, more teens might die. April Henry's suspenseful novel is fraught with tension from page one. 2006, GP Putnam's Sons/Penguin, Ages 13 to 18.
—Heidi Hauser Green
VOYA
One April day, fifteen-year-old Cassie is accosted on her driveway by two men, thrown into the back of a van, and handcuffed in front of the knowing eyes of her mother, Jackie, and new stepfather, Rick. Rick tells Cassie that finding crystal meth in her room convinced him that a boarding school, Peaceful Cove, will help Cassie straighten herself out. But Cassie never used drugs. During the long drive to destination unknown-ultimately Mexico-Cassie realizes that her malevolent, controlling, psychiatrist stepfather engineered her abduction because of her attempt to expose his complicity in doctoring findings of an experimental antidepressant, which resulted in three teenagers' suicides. Peaceful Cove is really a detention center with barbed wire fences and guards. Little education is going on. Breaking its strict rules can result in dire consequences. Cassie is befriended by Hayley, a sixteen-year-old inmate, and the two plan their escape, a feat never before accomplished. Henry alternates between the events occurring during the three days prior to Cassie's abduction and the present. Initial suspense is short-lived, but the inmates' fear and the guards' intimidation do come through. The events transpire over two months before Cassie successfully escapes. The escape, however, is too quick and easy, and the book's ending is too pat, with Cassie exposing her stepfather and her mother filing for annulment. An easy read, the novel targets middle and high schoolers of both genders, but unfortunately there is no "shock." Libraries should spend their money on a more gripping story. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2006, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 192p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Ed Goldberg
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Cassie Streng, 16, knows that her psychiatrist stepfather, Rick, prescribed an experimental drug for his teenage patients, three of whom have committed suicide. Before she can gather evidence, however, she is grabbed by two men, handcuffed, locked in the back of a van, and taken to Peaceful Cove, a facility for troubled teens in Mexico. Rick has assured her mother that the place is an excellent boarding school-he maintains that he found crystal meth in Cassie's room-but she soon discovers the truth. She is trapped in a brutal prison camp, and she must make her way back to Oregon and convince someone of the danger Rick represents before anyone else dies. While the premise is a bit over the top, Cassie is a strong and sympathetic character who relies on her wits and determination from the very first page. Short chapters that show how she uncovers her stepfather's actions alternate with the story of her journey from Portland to Mexico, a nicely executed technique that keeps the plot moving and readers engaged. While the secondary characters are a little flat and the ending is a bit too neat, Henry packs her first YA novel with the quick action and suspense that will keep even reluctant readers turning the pages.-Beth Gallego, Los Angeles Public Library, North Hollywood Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Almost 16, Cassie hates her new psychiatrist stepfather, Rick, in this over-the-top thriller. Cassie discovers that relentlessly evil Rick has fraudulently given an unproven drug to three teens who subsequently committed suicide. Before she knows it, Rick has her kidnapped and shipped to a school for delinquent kids in Mexico. Cassie's loving but clueless and very pregnant mother agrees with the decision, going along with anything her new husband says. Cassie immediately learns that the school is more like a prison, where the students are beaten and starved. Can Cassie escape, expose Rick's crimes and put an end to the school? Henry writes with a quick-moving, superficial style and often glosses over awkward plot points with quick explanatory paragraphs. He delivers some shocking moments while making no attempt to examine realistic adolescent problems. A potboiler that may appeal to a wide range of young readers and could be useful for reluctant readers. (Fiction. 12-16)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142412404
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
10/02/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
97,874
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Acknowledgements

 

part one

one - April 14

two - Three days earlier—April 11

three - April 14

four - April 11

five - April 14

six - April 12

seven - April 14

eight - April 12

nine - April 14

ten - April 12

eleven - April 14

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Henry packs her first YA novel with the quick action and suspense that will keep even reluctant readers turning the pages." School Library Journal

Meet the Author

April Henry lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Shock Point 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my absolute favorite book. There is so much suspence. I could not put it down both the times i read it. Im even going to read it again soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wow! This book is so good and so is girl,stolen! I seriously am in love with this author's books! You wont regret getting this book unless you have major issues!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
April henrys Girl Stolen<3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I hated books but when i read girl stolen I was amazed and now shock piont is my new favorite book! Keep it up April Henry because I am thristy for more! <3
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this. You will not regret it! The storyline is interesting and original. I read it in one sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, i just cnt get over on how sad tht someone would do something like tht to their own kid & why would someone (dosnt matter how idiodic they are) perscribe illegal drug & still do it after 3 teens are dead cause of it.
Lisa Wicoff More than 1 year ago
This was another great book from April Henry. I also liked her books Girl Lost and Torched. Her books always give me a nee perspective!
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lolbookwormlol More than 1 year ago
This book is high pace and full of suspence. The premis is different and interesring. A great adventure through and through. The ending is not as surprising and different but still a good read!
Mother-Daughter-Book-Club More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year-old Cassie is being kidnapped by two men in a van parked in her driveway. She fights like mad until her mother shows up with a suitcase, letting Cassie know she's being sent off to a school for troubled teens. It seems that Cassie's step-dad, psychiatrist Rick, has found crystal meth in Cassie's room, so he's found a place that will help her turn her life around. But Cassie has never used drugs, and the school she's being sent to in Mexico is more like a prison and less like the tropical spa Cassie's mom thinks it is. Cassie soon finds out there's a slim chance she'll even make it out before she turns 18. Can she find a way to escape and tell the world the secret she discovered about Rick before he sent her away? Shock Point by April Henry opens with an adrenaline rush and doesn't let up until the last page is turned. Henry offers a glimpse into the abuse that's possible when teens are sent out of the country to be reprogrammed by parents who don't really know or don't really care about the means used to accomplish the goal. It's a cautionary tale as well as an adventure story of how one teen fought back.
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CHOLE More than 1 year ago
Hard to explain, but an awesome book........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ . . . . . . . . . . . .
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
When Cassie Streng is abducted by two men in a white van right in front of her own house, she can't at first figure out what's going on. When her mother comes outside and does nothing to stop the men, confusion turns to panic. When her stepfather, Dr. Rick Wheeler, enters the picture, things suddenly become clear. Rick planted drugs in Cassie's room, convinced her mother that she needed more help than they could give her to straighten her out, and is shipping her out to a school/prison in Mexico.

Cassie figures this all out in a few minutes, once she's handcuffed in the back of the van, virtually kidnapped by men who work for Peaceful Cove, and desperate to escape. She knows why this is happening, but she has no way to convince anyone that she's being held against her will for something she didn't do.

Rick Wheeler is a psychiatrist who moved his new family--wife Jackie, stepdaughter Cassie, and soon-to-be-born son away from the town of Minor to Portland. Back in their old town, Rick had a practice that specialized in helping troubled youths. You know the ones--they resist parental authority, smoke, drink, maybe do drugs or have premarital sex. They were the "bad" kids, and Dr. Wheeler used them as guinea pigs for a drug called Socom. Socom's creators billed their new drug, given as an injection, as a breakthrough in adolescent behavior modification. It might be, too, except for the deadly side effects that seem to take place in some of the youths, ending in their deaths.

Cassie found out about all of this when she snooped through her stepfather's home files. She was concerned enough, especially since Rick keeps mentioning to her mother that she herself should be put on Socom, to do some investigating of her own. When she learns that three former students of her old school in Minor died after being on the drug, she enlists the help of her new classmate, Thatcher Hedrick, and the two devise a plan to bring Rick and his deceptions to light with the aid of a Portland newspaper columnist.

Before they can do that, however, Cassie is kidnapped, with no way of letting Thatcher--or anyone else--know that Rick is behind the plot that's taken her out of the country. Now she's far away from home in Mexico, and although she's making some new contacts and friends there, she's worried about what's happening back in Portland.

SHOCK POINT is a great story, full of action, adventure, and mystery. The plot is very believable, especially in this day and age where drugs seem to be the choice of so many people to cure their ills. As Cassie works from Mexico to bring down Rick and the company that produces Socom, Thatcher works from Portland to rescue Cassie and protect the innocents who are still taking the drug--some without their consent.

A highly recommend thriller for both teens and adults!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. Cassie, who's only 16 gets sent away to a prison camp/school, for being accused of having drugs when they werent really hers. She was set up by her step-father to get sent to this school. She meets her best friend at school. They eventually run away and tell everyone about how horrible this school really is. They have to clean and sleep in prison-like rooms. I also like how you can hear the point of view of all the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was twisted but at the same time very good. It always kept me guessing. My favorite part is when Tracy shoots Rick with a taser.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book so far it is so..... Crazy but good i like the decribtions i think alot of people would injoy this but i sure do it is very exciting
Guest More than 1 year ago
In case you were wondering, there is a modern master of YA suspense. Her name is April Henry, and her book SHOCK POINT will take you to that place where an evil stepparent can ruin your life and being sent away to school can be more dangerous than you ever imagined. Cassie Streng is your average high school girl living in a new town with a new stepfather, who is a child psychiatrist. But when Cassie discovers that the experimental drug, Socom, he has been prescribing for profit led to the suicide of three teenagers, she becomes his next target. She is abducted from her own driveway and taken across the border to Peaceful Cove, a Mexican boot camp for troubled teens. The rules at Peaceful Cove are only the beginning of the horrors that Cassie faces at this 'school.' As her stepfather works to put the drug on the market, Cassie must find a way to escape Peaceful Cove and let the public know the truth -- before it's too late to save herself and future Socom patients. This book kept my blood pressure up and my muscles ready to run as I felt Cassie's pain and determination. My favorite quote from SHOCK POINT is, 'So it's like Ritalin, Prozac, and a mother's prayers combined?'
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Cassie Streng is abducted by two men in a white van right in front of her own house, she can't at first figure out what's going on. When her mother comes outside and does nothing to stop the men, confusion turns to panic. When her stepfather, Dr. Rick Wheeler, enters the picture, things suddenly become clear. Rick planted drugs in Cassie's room, convinced her mother that she needed more help than they could give her to straighten her out, and is shipping her out to a school/prison in Mexico. Cassie figures this all out in a few minutes, once she's handcuffed in the back of the van, virtually kidnapped by men who work for Peaceful Cove, and desperate to escape. She knows why this is happening, but she has no way to convince anyone that she's being held against her will for something she didn't do. Rick Wheeler is a psychiatrist who moved his new family--wife Jackie, stepdaughter Cassie, and soon-to-be-born son away from the town of Minor to Portland. Back in their old town, Rick had a practice that specialized in helping troubled youths. You know the ones--they resist parental authority, smoke, drink, maybe do drugs or have premarital sex. They were the 'bad' kids, and Dr. Wheeler used them as guinea pigs for a drug called Socom. Socom's creators billed their new drug, given as an injection, as a breakthrough in adolescent behavior modification. It might be, too, except for the deadly side effects that seem to take place in some of the youths, ending in their deaths. Cassie found out about all of this when she snooped through her stepfather's home files. She was concerned enough, especially since Rick keeps mentioning to her mother that she herself should be put on Socom, to do some investigating of her own. When she learns that three former students of her old school in Minor died after being on the drug, she enlists the help of her new classmate, Thatcher Hedrick, and the two devise a plan to bring Rick and his deceptions to light with the aid of a Portland newspaper columnist. Before they can do that, however, Cassie is kidnapped, with no way of letting Thatcher--or anyone else--know that Rick is behind the plot that's taken her out of the country. Now she's far away from home in Mexico, and although she's making some new contacts and friends there, she's worried about what's happening back in Portland. SHOCK POINT is a great story, full of action, adventure, and mystery. The plot is very believable, especially in this day and age where drugs seem to be the choice of so many people to cure their ills. As Cassie works from Mexico to bring down Rick and the company that produces Socom, Thatcher works from Portland to rescue Cassie and protect the innocents who are still taking the drug--some without their consent. A highly recommend thriller for both teens and adults!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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