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Wolf Rider

Wolf Rider

3.8 50
by Avi

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The phone rang three times before Andy picked it up. "Hello?" he said. A voice replied, "I just killed someone. I killed...Nina."

Andy Zadinski is convinced that the man who calls himself "Zeke" is serious. But no one will listen to Andy - not the police, not his friends, not even his father. They all say he's crying wolf, even when Andy discovers


The phone rang three times before Andy picked it up. "Hello?" he said. A voice replied, "I just killed someone. I killed...Nina."

Andy Zadinski is convinced that the man who calls himself "Zeke" is serious. But no one will listen to Andy - not the police, not his friends, not even his father. They all say he's crying wolf, even when Andy discovers that there really is a Nina Klemmer. Even when he spots her at the local college and sees that she fits Zeke's description of her. Exactly.

Despite warnings from his father that he should just forget about the call, Andy feels obligated to track Nina down and warn her. What if Zeke really is plotting to kill her? When Andy investigates further, he finds out that Nina may not be Zeke's only target...

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Children's Literature
Andy Zadinski is a boy with a serious problem. No one believes him when he receives a telephone call from a man confessing to the murder of a student at the local college. Andy does the correct thing by calling the police and telling his father. At first, Andy's father and the police believe him, and do what they can, but eventually, they are convinced that Andy is making too much of what they presume is a crank call. Andy's concern grows when he finds out that the victim is a real person. He believes that the murderer, known only as Zeke, will try and kill his intended victim. Andy attempts to find out who Zeke is and puts his own life at risk by finding out all he can about Zeke and the victim. The story concludes in a rather harrowing way, but on the whole is satisfying. This teenage thriller is a fascinating and satisfying read. A much more poignant aspect of the story is the description of Andy's relationship with his father and their effort to overcome grief over the death of Andy's mother a year earlier. This book could be more satisfying read if this minor plot had been developed in more detail. 2000 (orig. 1993), Aladdin Paperbacks,

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12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Avi is the author of more than seventy books for children and young adults, including the 2003 Newbery medal winner Crispin: The Cross of Lead. He has won two Newbery Honors and many other awards for his fiction. He lives with his family in Denver, Colorado. Visit him at Avi-Writer.com.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 23, 1937
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964

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Wolf Rider 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The genre of this novel is Mystery.The action of this novel takes place at Andy's house when he gets a strange phone call from a strange who says his name is Zeke.The stranger tells Andy that he killed his girlfriend Nina Klemmer.Andy immediately calls the police,but they do not believe him.They think he just got a prank call from one of his friends.One day Andy actually meets this girl named Nina Klemmer.She looked exactly how Zeke described her.But the thing was that Zeke told Andy that he had killed her.So Andy tried to warn her,but she took it as harassment.That is when Andy started to get into trouble and everyone thought he made this whole story up just to get attention.I really liked this novel because it is really catchy.It is one of those novels that once you start reading you cannot stop.You really get anxious to know what happens next.So recommend people to read it.It is easy to read and very interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The plot looked interesting and as i started to read i wanted to know how'll it ended and i was a little disappointed with how it turned out in the end, still it was okay but not a favorite even though i do own the book but could of done better and added something to the character of Zeke at least that would of been a good read for me or anyone else who thought should of been a little better.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This sounded really good, based on the summary. Makes you want to know what will happen next. Let's just say the ending was a little, disappointing. It could of been better. Especially the character of Zeke. Felt like something was missing. Still a good suspenseful read.
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wi345 More than 1 year ago
i love how andy keep trying to convice everyone tthat zeke is rea i thought it would be lame but in turn some crank call real sometimes it is fake the reason i read this amazing book because my teacher mrs johson of garden newman middle school wanted us to read it
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andyXD More than 1 year ago
The first paragraph of the story was just great opening of a story, it got my attention the moment i read it. i couldn't wait to see whats going to happen next and what he was he was going to do about it he just got a call by someone killed a girl but later finds out that she is alive and doing well. He knows what was coming towards so he does his best to save her life but the thing is no one believed him and everyone thought he was crazy. the genre of the story is a mystery it is a good book one of the best that i have read!
Medina_Marcos More than 1 year ago
In the book titled Wolf Rider by AVI it explains Andy Zadinskis' courage to find out who is behind this disgusting joke, or who actually killed someone? After searching for clues he discovers enough evidence to decide who "Zeke" is. There's only one problem no one believes him not the police not even his own father. This book takes you thru a wild ride and is one of the best books I have ever read. The Genre of this whole book is SUSPENSE from beginning to end. Not only is it action packed but the thrill that in my opinion will get you the most is when he discovers that Dr. Phil Lucas isn't just his father's Co-Worker but "Zeke." After setting a date with him and Nina his supposedly murder victim he ends up in a position he never imagined. The intended audience is mainly for everyone in high school or beginning college student. It is an easy book to read and get into. The story and the characters fulfill their purposes, and address the cause, problem, effect, and solution. I believe the Author did a magnificent job with this book. They use an enriched choice of vocabulary.
PSD More than 1 year ago
This book was about a kid named Andy. He got a call from Zeke. Zeke said he killed someone. Andy is trying to find out how someone got his number and who Zeke is for real. This book is a mystery book. It leads you in all different direction; in good and bad ways. CS
Pleasantdale More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. The ending is surprising. I recommend this book. It is an easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a very good book i enjoyed reading it it was very suspenseful. A example of the book's suspense is, the man named Zeke who called Andy and said he killed someone. Zeke's real name is Lucas, and while Andy talks to him the police try to trace him. So, the book is a big chase to find Lucas, and the reader constantly wonders if he has killed the victim yet, Nina. It's almost like a mystery that has to be solved before someone gets hurt.I also like the book a lot becouse it started out very fast, not telling about the setting and all the characters. It made you want to read on. It was one of the best books I read. Avi did a good job on revealing the murderer of Zeke. My favorite quote from the book was "A voice replied I just killed someone" I chose this quote since it was scary if you got a phone call like that and it was Zeke on the phone.So it is always putting u on the edge of your seat. If you like books that are scary and decide many risks being taken, you will love Wolf Rider. Overall, the book has an electrifying plot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book had a good first chapter to keep me reading. But as the book progresed i found myself reading the same thing over and over again. Andy was obsessed with the call and nobody would believe him. Finally when the book ends it dissapoints me, and leaves me depressed. Oh!please excuse my horiblle spelling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so GREAT!!!! I love it!! It is a real page turner!!!! If u like suspense you will like this book!!! It will really keep you on the edge of your sit wondering whats going to happen next. I honestly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is awful! I was very disappointed because usually Avi writes great novels but, like I said before, I wanted to barf! First of all, it was a total clich'e, because no one believes the main character. And the main character is obsessed. And the ending is so random, considereing the plot of all the rest of the story. And it isn't much of an ending. It doesn't leave you satisfied at all, it just leaves you going 'What the heck? I'm sueing Avi.' So I have a feeling all you mystery lovers are gonna go read this book anyways despite what I say, but...honestly...there are way better mysteries.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wolf Rider by Avi When 15 year old Andy Zadinski is called by a mysterious caller by the name ¿Zeke¿ Andy is determined to find out who had called him and told him he had killed a college student named Nina Klemmer. Andy will stop at nothing to uncover the truth (the truth being he was in his fifties and had ¿seemingly¿ killed a college student) behind ¿Zeke¿ while fearing for the life of himself and Nina. Andy is faced with many obstacles such as his dad, the police, and just about everyone else and soon after, the seemingly harmless call turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse. Rating Wolf Rider was full of suspense. I¿d give it a 3/5 because as much as it was invigorating it was also a little boring. I would recommend it to someone that was into suspense thrillers. If i could change anything to it, it would be the middle because it was more boring then interesting then the beginning and end. - A.W block 1
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about a young boy named Andy who gets a call from a strange man. The man¿s name is Zeke. He says that he killed someone and that he¿s lonely and needs help. Andy talks to him for a while trying to get information about him and the person he had killed. First of all he figured out that the name of the person he killed was Nina Klemmer, a girl from the college his dad works at. He goes to the college after school one day and finds the school phone book. He was surprised to find that Nina Klemmer¿s name was in that book. So he called her number, AND SHE WAS ALIVE. Andy was astounded by what he just heard. He didn¿t know whether or not this was a sick joke or if this was really going to happen. He went home, and once his dad got home he was going to tell him, but he brought someone home so he said he would talk to him after the guest leaves. After a while from going from place to place, he ends up calling Zeke and he talked to him. Now he knows that this is real and that this is going to happen. So he tries to call Nina, but she doesn¿t believe him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wolf Rider was a good yarn at the beginning. The suspense was gripping, the fear was alive, and all in all, it was a great yarn. However, as the book progressed, the protagonist began to become more obsessive. I have read books where the obsession of the protagonist is acceptable or interesting because it makes he or she more compelling as a character. However, when the protagonist for this book got obsessive, he just got plain annoying. The critic 'Peter' below me was right and wrong in some parts. The revealling of the antagonist could have been a good idea, however Avi sunk this idea 'like the Titanic.' The villain was not good at all. He seemed to be on the level of those cheesy comic-relief T.V villains. If Avi developed a little more on the villain, maybe his past life or such, he maybe, and I use the word 'maybe' very lightly, could have been a good villain. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a plot that envokes the 'Cat and Mouse' tactic. However there is something wrong when the villain is absolutely pathetic and the main and supporting characters are annoying prats. Save your time and effort in trying to read this book and go for something more terrifying like 'The Hound of the Baskervilles.' Now that is a true 'tale of terror.' Sorry, Avi, but frankly, this book stunk.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so great i loved it its definetly a page turner if you love suspense and mystery this is definetly the book for you its amazing one of my fav books you so have to read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutley loved this book. It was the best book that i have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wolf rider really gripped me in the beginning and was very well written. But it sunk like the Titanic in the middle of the story. NEVER- I repeat never give away the killer in the middle of the story because it just displays a battle of wits between the protagonist and antagonist. Another fault was most of the characters were somewhat bland and watered down. Sally was just a minor sexual object for the protagonist and Nina was barely attractive sounding at the least. The only characters with powerful and realistic feelings are the few main characters. The antagonist was not a great villain and this was not a tale of terror at the least. It made me rather curse it for wasting my time rather than say, 'Okay it was good for a time buster.' Thumbs down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that people should buy this book because it is awesome. Wolf Rider really catches your attention from the begging to the end. This is one of the first books that I actually read in a long time. and I am glad that I did.