The Stalker

The Stalker

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by Joan Lowery Nixon
     
 

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For fans of Gillian Flynn, Caroline Cooney, and R.L. Stine comes The Stalker from four-time Edgar Allen Poe Young Adult Mystery Award winner Joan Lowery Nixon.
 
        When Jennifer Lee Wilcox returns home from the beach, she finds that Stella Trax, her best friend’s mother, has just been murdered. The police think

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For fans of Gillian Flynn, Caroline Cooney, and R.L. Stine comes The Stalker from four-time Edgar Allen Poe Young Adult Mystery Award winner Joan Lowery Nixon.
 
        When Jennifer Lee Wilcox returns home from the beach, she finds that Stella Trax, her best friend’s mother, has just been murdered. The police think Stella’s daughter Bobbie did it. Jennifer sets out to prove Bobbie’s innocence, but as she uncovers clues, she realizes she’s only leading herself to danger!
 
“An exciting, fast-moving thriller.” –VOYA
 
“A dandy suspense tale.” –Publishers Weekly


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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A dandy suspense tale about a killer on the loose in a small Texas town. Ages 12-up. (Februarypset in box fl right.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307823557
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/25/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
370,101
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Joan Lowery Nixon was the author of more than 130 books for young readers and was the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Best Young Adult Mystery Award. She received the award for The Kidnapping of Christina LattimoreThe SéanceThe Name of the Game Was Murder, and The Other Side of the Dark, which also won the California Young Reader Medal. Her historical fiction included the award-winning series The Orphan Train Adventures, Orphan Train Children, and Colonial Williamsburg: Young Americans.


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The Stalker 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
jbrown14 More than 1 year ago
I originally bought the book because of the 4 and 5 star reviews here on BN's website. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED!! Ms. Nixon kept me intrigued and anxious as I flipped from page to page. At the end of every chapter I was sure I knew who the murder but my guess weren't always right. The only thing that I did not like about the book was giving away the murder's identity.
NVNaisl35 More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you came back home one day and you find out that your very best friend was being chased by the police because everybody believes that she murdered her own mother? This book describes the one by one detail on how Jennifer, without support of authorities except from one retired police man, needs to solve a big case that can save Jennifer's friend. Jennifer and Bobbie are best friends, such big friends that when Bobbie gets convicted by police for "murder", Jennifer risks her own safety and life to save her friend. Stella Trax, Bobbie's mother, is found dead one day, without a proper investigation poor Bobbie is jailed, Jennifer, who knows that her friend would never ever do such a thing, tries to solve the crime. Her one and only help is an ex-police officer Lucas and together they solve the crime. But Jennifer is in danger, she has to also deal with a stalker, who threatens her, scares her with rhymes, laughter, and pranks, all to stop her investigation, but Jennifer just has to save her friend. This is a not a very indulging book, and I would gladly have read another one, with a better organized way of words, which can make it more clear. The book is a little bit messy, with no specified climax, also from the title "The Stalker" I would expect more from a stalker. There are some clues, and very many red herrings, but the main clues and answer to the murder is mostly banged into the end. If you would like a very dramatic and interesting book I would advise "The Westing Game" by Ellen Raskin. In all, this book was an interesting read that was finished quite quickly, if you want to read a book just for the sake of reading a book, but also having a small thrill and chill, I think this is the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What would you do if your best friend was accused of murdering her own mother? What am I reviewing? I am reviewing the book call The Stalker. It is a mystery, detective book that has more than meets the eye. Where does the story take place? It appears to take place in California near the ocean, around the main character Jennifer's hometown. Who are the main characters? The main characters in this book start out with Jennifer Lee Wilcox the very persistent and stubborn girl, the so called Bobby Trax a quiet and private girl that has a lot of secrets, Jennifer's best friend and the accused murderer. Not to mention Mr. Biddles the very suspicious man that had several connections that no one really knew. How does it convey its main point, mood, or theme? Suddenly finding out on the news by her mom that her best friend's mother was murdered suspected by her daughter she sets out to get it right. The mood of coming close to losing someone and having to work hard to get things done right whatever obstacles and whoever that gets in the way has made a strong part in putting this book together. Thru its chapters it has tidbits of the stalkers work not quite giving away what is going on leaving you on the edge and after finding a detective willing to work with her it slowly unravels. Why did I like this book? This book was very interesting it didn't just give the story away it was mysterious, dangerous, it required lots of work that showed you how to be a detective and it had a better ending than planned by the main character Jennifer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, It was about a girl named jennifer wilcox and her bestfriend is chagered with the murder of her mom. Jennifers friend Bobby gets send to jail and jennifer knows that she is innocent. so she takes the liberty to try to hire a private detective so get bobby free. The authors purpose is to inform you that if you think someone is not guilty than help them fight for there freeedom. The story takes place in a small town near the coaste. The action takes place everywhere, but the major action takes place in bobbies house late at night. the main characters are Jennifer, her private detective friend, bobby, and the killer. The mood of the story is surprising and scary because she gets close of dieing or being hurt alot. The story fullfills its purpose by informing that if you belive in somthing than you shouldnt give up. I liked this book in general because i like suspence and drama. I agreed with the main point because you should follow with what you belive in. i didnt dislik anything from the book it was great. the author did a great job with the drama and sending out the message. The book doesnt need two be improved its great as it is.
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IZAWATE More than 1 year ago
I loved this book by Joan Lowery Nixon! this was my first time reading her books and will deffinetly read another of hers i couldnt put it down and got kind of frustrated when i couldnt figure out who the killer was! all in all it was fantastic and cant wait to read another!!! <3
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Jennifer enlists the help of a retired cop to help her friend Bobbie whose been suspected of a murder. Pretty good book, fast paced and suspenseful.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Wilcox comes home from school one day to find out that her best friend Bobbie killed her mother, Stella. Jennifer doesn't believe this for a minute, so she sets out to thier secret spot on the beach to find Bobbie, along the way she accidentally leads the cops straight to Bobbie. But when Jennifer find Bobbie she has no idea that her mother is dead. The cops take Bobbie away and Jennifer is determianed to find out the real murderer. No one believes Jennifer that Bobbie is inocent, so she goes out to find her own clues. But the only way she can get into the house to find the clues if is she hires a Private Investigator, She ends up working with an ex-private I. He wants to do everything by the book but Jennifer wants her friend out fof jail fast, so she is up to breaking any law it takes. Jennifer doesn't realize that she has a stalker trailing her the whole time, and when Stella's ex-coworker turns up murdered, Stella's sons being beaten in the attempt of murder, and a bomb sent to kill jennifer, she knows that she has to find out the killer soon before it is to late and she wont be asble to save everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Wilcox has everything she can ask for a great life,the best friend a girl could have(Bobbie),and a great boyfriend named Mark.One day though Jennifer finds out that Bobbie's Mother Stella was strangled and killed.Bobbie was arrested for the crime because its was her scarf that Stella was killed with,and from previous events in the day. Now Jennifer is doing everything she can to prove her friends innocence,even if it causes her to risk her life and be stalked by Stella's killer.This book is the best i have ever read in my life.This book keeps you on the edge of your seat and your never know what's going to happen.I never put this book down, I read this book on my bus rides to basketball games that's how good it was.I recomend this book for people anywhere from 12-18 years of age for males and females.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was about a girl named Jennifer and she was going to prove everyone that her best friend Bobbie didn't kill her own mother stella but, because no one believed her not even the cops or her grandmam just because there where annoncing it all over the news.Jennifer went on her own to find clues so she can prove every one that her friend was innocent.As it turns out the stalker all along was the mother of Bobbie and she was the one helping Jennifer find the killer and her killer was the teacher because she saw the teacher carring Stella in his arms but she did not care about her safety she was determined to free her friend.My opinion of this story is that I really enjoyed it was very mysterious book its really excited because it tells you by details and the clues.Well i recomend this book for people who like to read mystery books and i really like how the authour made this and with lots of imagination I would read this book again because its just a wonderful book.I think If people would read this book they would really enjoyed It.They might enjoy it because the pattern she wrote this.Also because you might get a scare if you're reading this alone and not want to go out by yourself at night.I really liked her work and I think if you give her chance you might also too.Never know if you give things a chance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was about a girl named Jennifer and she was going to prove everyone that her friend Bobbie didn't kill her mother Stella.Jennifer went on her own to find clues because no one believes that her friend was innocent. As it turns out the stalker all along was the mother of Bobbie and she was the one helping jennifer find the killer and her killer was the teacher but she did not care about her safety she was determined to free her friend.My opinion of this story is that I really enjoyed it was very mysterious book its really excited because it tells you by details and clues.well I recomend this book for people who like to read mystery books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was about a girl named Jennifer and she was going to prove everyone that her friend Bobbie didn't kill her mother Stella.Jennifer went on her own to find clues because no one believes that her friend was innocent.My opinion to this story is that I really enjoyed it was very mysterious book its really excited because it tells you by details and clues.well I recomend people to read it you'll really enjoyed it. Actually the stalker all along was the mother of Bobbie and she was the one helping jennifer find the killer and her killer was the teacher but she didn't care of the danger.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a day. A hard-to-put-down book. Great for 6-7th graders!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book Is ma Good.At first I thought that I wasn't going to like it.To tell you the truth I read The whole thing in one night.So my point is that all Joan Lowery's books are great!!!!!!!I give her props!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I would give it six stars if I could. Joan Lowery nixon keeps you guessing until the end. I had no idea what other twists she was going to add to the already excellent novel. Not only were the characters described wonderfully, but the plot was a greatly written mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first when i started to read the book i wasn't really thinking I would like it. But by the time I was on the second chapter i couldn't put the book down. I finished the book in one day! And thats odd for me because I'm not really into reading. Its a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much! Great murder mystery.......suspenseful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awsome!!! I recomend it to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was okay, it was scarey at sometimes but it stalled at alot of parts
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a fantastic novel! This novel had me at the edge of my seat the whole time I read it! I couldn't put the book down until I finished it!I had to give a book report on this novel(and I don't like to read a lot so I normally don't do well BUT this novel was so GREAT that my book report was so easy to do because I liked this book so much!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I read this when i was 10..I understood everything about it. JLN made every chapter a thrilling ride to the next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best. I'm 11 years old and all i try to read is JLN. She is the bomb. The stalker shows that not only detectives can Solve mysterys