Wanted!

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It all started with a phone call.

In a tense voice, Alice's very rational father suggests that she drive his precious Corvette and meet him. But Alice doesn't have a driver's license. "It doesn't matter!" he yells. Yet he never shows up. Never calls. Something is very wrong.

Then Alice hears an announcement over the radio. Her father is ...

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Overview

It all started with a phone call.

In a tense voice, Alice's very rational father suggests that she drive his precious Corvette and meet him. But Alice doesn't have a driver's license. "It doesn't matter!" he yells. Yet he never shows up. Never calls. Something is very wrong.

Then Alice hears an announcement over the radio. Her father is dead. And someone has already confessed to his murder via E-mail.

That someone is Alice.

Everyone, including her mother, believes that Alice is guilty. The police are after her. And the real murderer is, too.

It's only a matter of time before somebody catches her...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Alice Robie can't believe it when her straitlaced, divorced father calls her at his apartment and tells her to grab a certain diskette, hop into his prized Corvette and meet him outside town, as fast as she cannever mind that she doesn't have a driver's license. Before she can leave, however, someone breaks in, searching for the diskette and muttering, "I killed him good." Alice outwaits the intruder, then drives off in a panic. Over the radio she hears that her father has been murdered and that she herself has supposedly written a confession. Most readers will happily trade a few key implausibilities for Cooney's (The Face on the Milk Carton) movie-popcorn-enticing blandishments: a charismatic heroine, a smoothly gossipy tone and a nonstop plot. As Alice"a nice pleasant girl who didn't butt in line, didn't write graffiti on the bathroom stall doors"adopts ruse after ruse in lightning-fast order to elude the police and the real murderer, the pace and the tension escalate fiercely. That the identity of the villain is obvious and the motivation for the crime strained won't deter readers from their rush to get to the ending. Ages 11-up. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590988490
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 404,411
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author


CAROLINE B. COONEY has written more than 75 novels for young adults. Her books have sold more than fifteen million copies and have been printed in many languages. She lived in Connecticut for many years, but has recently moved to South Carolina. Please visit her online at www.carolinebcooneybooks.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    No

    No this book is great but my nook wont let me read it anymore

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    AWESOME

    One of the best books I have EVER read. Great plot line and quite the page turner. It will keep you at the edge of your seat! Definitly a must read for all grades!!! 100000 STARS!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2013

    Gr8 <3 it

    This book is agreat cliff hanger if you like to stop at chapters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2002

    Caroline B. Cooney's Best! A Must Read!

    Alice Robie about 15 is learning how to drive. One day her father calls saying that he needs the disk labled TWIN and her to drive the corvette to their favorite milkshake stand. Caroline is surprised. While she gets ready somebody enters the condominium. Someone she is familiar to the voice but is not sure who. She hides under the corvette. Did the intruder see her? When the intruder leaves he says, 'I killed him good!' Who did he mean? He drives a way in a navy blue van and Alice goes out of town to their favorite milkshake stand. She doesn't see her dad so she turns on the radio and finishes her nails. She hears the spokesman say, 'Marc Robie, murdered in his own bedroom. His daughter ran away in a corvette, red. She E-mailed her mother saying that she killed her father over a fight. Police are looking for her.' But the police are not the only one. The murderer is too. She is the only one who knows the voice and that he killed her father. The murderer must kill her to protect his identity. This book is FANTASTIC. I recommend this book to you! You will have a VERY surprising ENDING. ThE Best BooK I EveR ReAd! I reAd this book in two days! You can too! Or even FASTER!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2013

    Wanted by . Carolin b Cooney

    Have u ever read wanted ? There is a 12 yar old girl named alice robie her parents are divorced and she lives with her dad. She got a call that she swear that was here dad but didnt reconized the number or voise. On the phone it said take here dads correvett and drive to the ice cream shack she likes. She drove to there and waited for her dad becase thats whi she thought was on the phone. She waited and wated but nobody came. Before she left she thought her dad had come home but no she could almost reconize the voise though. She thought the man in her hoyse was creepy so she hid under the car under the car in the garage. There was a big slam down like a couch in the air droppin to the floor. Her father was killed but the guy who did that sent a email to her mom pretending to be alice saying that she killed her own father. Her mother belvied so did all uve friends and mher mothers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2013

    i read this book over and over again. this is one of those books

    i read this book over and over again. this is one of those books that catches your eye, and you can't put down. i think Caroline really made this story to where anyone could imagine themselves in it, and that made it a better book. i enjoy reading mystery books, espepcially ones like this, where something new happens around every corner. i had a hard time putting the book down. i would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery's and would enjoy a good read. although, this story has cliff hangers, i never left off at one, i kept going. it didn't take me long to read it, because i never stopped reading. this is a very suspenssful book, about a girl who finds out her dad has been murdered. a man, called her pretending to be her dad telling her what to do and what to take when she left. turns out, her dad had something that the man had wanted for years. Not to mention, the murderer actually tells police that the daughter, Alice, killed her own father. buy the book now, to find out what happens to Alice while she is trying to out race her dad's murderer.

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  • Posted April 22, 2013

    Wanted! Caroline Cooney Young Alice could not believe how much

    Wanted! Caroline Cooney

    Young Alice could not believe how much her world had changed. She started the day at her divorced father’s house. She was doing the normal teenage thing of painting her nails. But with a phone call her world changed dramatically. She is alone, with no one she knows to turn to, and she is wanted by the police. This book is a thrilling story, with many twists and turns, and an unexpected ending. Cooney has created another master piece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    Read now

    Its a very good book i love it its my fav book ever i literly was glued to the book it was great read it today

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    On the run Riley S 2/20/13 Wanted by Caroline B. Cooney Wanted

    On the run
    Riley S
    2/20/13
    Wanted by Caroline B. Cooney
    Wanted is a very good, suspenseful book .It’s about a young girl who loses her father and is on a search for his killer. The entire time I was reading it I was about to jump off of my seat. I would suggest this book to anyone who likes mystery stories or murder stories. Caroline B. Cooney has a way of making the book suspenseful as the main character runs away from her father’s death throughout the book. She really hooks the reader with her realistic plot throughout the book. She also has some other similar stories that creepily hook the reader’s attention throughout the book like “The Stranger”, “Thirteen” and “The vampires promise”. She is a very well-known author. This book was published by scholastic INC and can be bought for $7.99 at Barnes and Noble.
    The main character of the book is a sophomore in high school named Alice. One day, she was painting her nails and her dad called and told her to get the secret “twin” file out of his desk and drive his beloved Corvette to her favorite ice-cream parlor to meet him .Then an intruder broke into the house and Alice hid and over heard him saying “I killed him good”(180). She then left and went to the ice-cream parlor and ate some ice-cream, but he never showed. She called her mom and her mom said she received an email Alice hadn’t really sent saying she killed her dad by accident when she really didn’t. She drove the corvette to the mall then hitchhiked to an elementary school then hitchhiked to a college and did some research on the “twin file” and she realized what he was killed over. She kept running from all her family, friends, and cops. Then she finds out who took her father away from her. You would never guess.
    This is a very fast paced book; a lot can happen over two pages. For example on pages (11-13) someone broke into her house and killed her dad. The setting changed a million times throughout the book. There are also many side characters throughout the book like police men and college students she met. Even her dad’s old friend was mentioned. Some of the symbols in the book were that during the whole book Alice knew her father’s killer and had always disliked him .Another Symbol in this book is that Her father told her to drive his beloved corvette to the ice-cream parlor and no one but him had ever driven it he was very protective of it. Alice doesn’t even have her permit yet he let her drive it with no hesitation.
    This is an excellent murder story. I would definitely suggest it to anyone who likes mystery stories. My favorite thing about this book is how the author keeps you on your toes with the suspenseful things that happen in the book. In the end when she found out who the killer was gave me chill bumps. I loved the suspenseful ending of the book. Overall it was a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    January 9, 2013 Searching Cory Capell Wanted Caroline B. Cooney

    January 9, 2013
    Searching
    Cory Capell
    Wanted
    Caroline B. Cooney




    Teenagers and young people tend to turn to high conflict books because they hook the reader and keep it interesting. Books with high conflict challenge your imagination throughout the book. In Wanted a very suspenseful, high conflict murder story. Caroline B. Cooney shows how murder can become a huge influence and challenge on a teenager’s life.
    At age 65 Cooney has written over 90 suspense, mystery, and romance novels for young people and teenagers. In this book Cooney shows her skill by the way she wrote this very suspenseful mystery. Cooney really draws you into the book within the first few pages. The challenges that the book brings to the main character Alice won’t let you put the book down.
    The main character of the book is Alice. She is a young teenager without her license. Her world gets turned upside down with a panicked call from her father. She can tell something is wrong with her father, and feels almost like someone is listing to their conversation. Alice’s father tells her to grab two disks named “Twin” out of his desk and drive to her favorite ice cream place out in the country. Then the call was over. Alice was shocked because she didn’t even have her license and why would her dad be so panicked, was he in trouble?
    Throughout the book Alice faces several challenges. Never in her life has she been in a situation like this. Later in the book she is accused of murdering her father. She was flabbergasted and terrified, “Alice had to wait until her heart had stopped jumping around before she could move, because sitting still was too scary” (79). Alice was on the run. She was wanted by the police and she was driving without a license. To top it off she was in a bright red corvette so everyone noticed the car and she couldn’t drive well so she couldn’t go undetected. 
    In the book she is faced with many mental and physical challenges. Often she would break down and cry. Alice didn’t have a good place to sleep and not a lot to eat. So this young girl had it tough. Will she make it? If you want to know you should read this book. I’m not the reading type but I would recommend it to all my friends. This book was very interesting and I don’t even like to read but at times I didn’t even want to put this suspenseful book down.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    THIS IS ONE BOOK THAT WOULD MAKE YOU WANT TO CRY!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is one of the most interesting books of children time i am going to tell you why!! i say this because after reading book i felt so smart learning different words and to find out how cruel people are. this book also teach me a lesson if anyone is hiring you to do anything illegal turn them down; this book will teach you ways murderess try to get close to you, your family, and friends. it also tells you how they disguise and that you need to trust your friends. PICK THIS BOOK UP TODAY YOU WONT REGRET IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Who killed him?

    In the book Wanted, by Caroline B. Cooney there was many interesting parts. One of them was that the main character Alice Robie¿s father was murdered. They think it was Alice because she was the only one home when this mysterious killing happened. The police must catch the murderer. Alice is WANTED, The police are chasing her as she runs. Who do you think killed Marc Robie?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2007

    Joy, love books, hate bad books,

    This book was great and very well written, i can't imagine any other book like this one be any better...i can't wait til i read another one of her books...if you haven't read it you have to...it was a thriller and i just couldn't put it down...i could go on forever telling you how much i got in trouble for staying up late to read more...plus it was so descriptive i could imagine exactly what was going on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2007

    Good book

    This was a great book it was so intresting

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2007

    A Good Edge-of-Your-Seat Story

    I don't usually read books like this. Ever. I'm always afraid I will get scared because I get scared easily. This one scared me a little, but not too much. It was an interesting story, I read it in a night, so it kept me interested. I just didn't like how Alice handled the situation. I don't think any 15 year old would think to do those things. (But, then again, there wouldn't be a story.) I figured out the killer probably half way between the middle and the end, so it didn't come as a surprise when Alice confronted this person. Anyways, it was a good read, and just like her other book, Twins, it was just to occupy my time. I heard that Caroline B. Cooney was an amazing writer, but I'm not impressed by this book to read her other work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2006

    MUST READ

    this book was so good. i read it in a few hours. keeps you on the edge the whole time..surprising ending

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2006

    COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN

    I loved this book! i rented it from my school library just to get more points but i ended up loving it! it is one of my favorite books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2006

    my favorite book!!

    this is a aweswome book I think everyone should read this book it is full of suprises!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    Great Book!!!!!!!!!!

    This book was great. I recommended it for any mystery lovers. I suggest to buy it if you already haven't!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2006

    What alice seen that nobody could

    Great book. I am currently reading the book and am in 6th grade. It is a very good mystery book that all should enjoy. This book deals with crime and enforcement, order and redemption

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