Wolf Rider

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

Only Andy Zadinski is convinced that the caller is serious. But no one else will listen; not the police, not his friends, not even his father. They all say he's crying wolf. But when Andy decides to investigate he discovers more than he bargained for. Nina Klemmer may not be the only target for murder after all...

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Overview

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

Only Andy Zadinski is convinced that the caller is serious. But no one else will listen; not the police, not his friends, not even his father. They all say he's crying wolf. But when Andy decides to investigate he discovers more than he bargained for. Nina Klemmer may not be the only target for murder after all...

After receiving an apparent crank call from a man claiming to have committed murder, fifteen-year-old Andy finds his close relationship with his father crumbling as he struggles to make everyone believe him.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780020415138
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Avi

Avi is the author of more than fifty 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.

Biography

Born in Manhattan in 1937, Avi Wortis grew up in Brooklyn in a family of artists and writers. Despite his bright and inquisitive nature, he did poorly in school. After several academic failures, he was diagnosed with a writing impairment called dysgraphia which caused him to reverse letters and misspell words. The few writing and spelling skills he possessed he had gleaned from his favorite hobby, reading -- a pursuit enthusiastically encouraged in his household.

Following junior high school, Avi was assigned to a wonderful tutor whose taught him basic skills and encouraged in him a real desire to write. "Perhaps it was stubbornness," he recalled in an essay appearing on the Educational Paperback Association's website, "but from that time forward I wanted to write in some way, some form. It was the one thing everybody said I could not do."

Avi finally learned to write, and well! He attended Antioch University, graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and received a master's degree in library science from Columbia in 1964. He worked as a librarian for the New York Public Library's theater collection and for Trenton State College, and taught college courses in children's literature, while continuing to write -- mostly plays -- on the side. In the 1970s, with two sons of his own, he began to craft stories for children. "[My] two boys loved to hear stories," he recalled. "We played a game in which they would give me a subject ('a glass of water') and I would have to make up the story right then. Out of that game came my first children's book, Things That Sometimes Happen." A collection of "Very Short Stories for Little Listeners," Avi's winning debut received very positive reviews. "Sounding very much like the stories that children would make up themselves," raved Kirkus Reviews, "these are daffy and nonsensical, starting and ending in odd places and going sort of nowhere in the middle. The result, however, is inevitably a sly grin."

Avi has gone on to write dozens of books for kids of all ages. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1991) and Nothing but the Truth (1992) were named Newbery Honor Books, and in 2003, he won the prestigious Newbery Medal for his 14th-century adventure tale, Crispin: The Cross of Lead. His books range from mysteries and adventure stories to historical novels and coming-of-age tales; and although there is often a strong moral core to his work, he leavens his message with appealing warmth and humor. Perhaps his philosophy is summed up best in this quote from his author profile on Scholastic's website: "I want my readers to feel, to think, sometimes to laugh. But most of all I want them to enjoy a good read."

Good To Know

In a Q&A with his publisher, Avi named Robert Louis Stevenson as one of his greatest inspirations, noting that "he epitomizes a kind of storytelling that I dearly love and still read because it is true, it has validity, and beyond all, it is an adventure."

When he's not writing, Avi enjoys photography as one of his favorite hobbies.

Avi got his unique nickname from his twin sister, Emily..

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    1. Also Known As:
      Avi Wortis (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 23, 1937
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2009

    The Tragedy that happened to Andy

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    Wolf Rider

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2013

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    Good but...

    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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  • Posted May 9, 2009

    this book is amazin

    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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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    I get a phone call "i just killed someone"

    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!

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  • Posted March 30, 2009

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    What if someone called you and replied "I Just Killed Someone"?

    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.

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  • Posted February 18, 2009

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    This is the best book ever i want it to keep going onnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!

    I think this is the best book. Its the best book beacuse i could really connect with it. The egging is one of the best parts in the book. It just comes out with a bam. In my clssroom my teacher told me to put up the best introduction that i have heard. And geuss what i put, the one i put id the wolf rider. I hope u people grade my review.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2008

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    OK BOOK

    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

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  • Posted December 1, 2008

    Wolf Rider JLM

    This was a great book. The ending is surprising. I recommend this book. It is an easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2008

    Very thrilling

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    A Cool Book

    I liked the beginning of this book because I like very suspensful books and movies. I thought the ending could have been better. This book is an easy read. The /'s got in my way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    not bad but not good. to simple. i couldve writen it!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    Volleyball player who likes to read

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2008

    Made me want to puke!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2007

    Wolf Rider

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2007

    Great book if you love mysteries.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    One of the Worse

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2007

    AWESOME BOOK

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2006

    BEST BOOK EVER

    i absolutley loved this book. It was the best book that i have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2006

    Disappointing

    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.

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