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Exit Point

Exit Point

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by Laura Langston

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Logan always takes the easy way out. After a night of drinking and driving he wakes up to find he has been involved in a senseless car accident and is dead. With the help of his guide, Wade, and the spirit of his grandmother, he realizes he has taken the wrong exit—he wasn't meant to die. His life had a purpose—to save his sister—but he took the easy


Logan always takes the easy way out. After a night of drinking and driving he wakes up to find he has been involved in a senseless car accident and is dead. With the help of his guide, Wade, and the spirit of his grandmother, he realizes he has taken the wrong exit—he wasn't meant to die. His life had a purpose—to save his sister—but he took the easy way out and he failed. Now, before he can rest in peace, he has to try and save his sister from a future no child should face. He will only get one chance and he cannot afford to fail this time—for Amy’s sake and for his own.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Danielle Williams
One of the most difficult things to realize at any age is that each person's life touches many others, both in negative and positive ways. For Logan, that realization comes too late. Upon his death, Logan learns that each person is given five options for exiting their life. Logan had agreed to take the more difficult course and exit after a long life spent with those he loved. But when exit point two arrives, Logan takes it, leaving his family mourning and his sister in danger. But because Logan has affected others' lives in positive ways, he is allowed an opportunity to correct a wrong that his early death set in motion. Saving his little sister from the uncle who is molesting her is not an easy task, but Logan's guides and his own love and devotion to his family aide him and allow his spirit to finally find peace when he has set the wheels of discovery in motion. This brief novel is an interesting look at how people can affect change, and how seemingly little actions can influence the lives of others in positive or negative ways.
VOYA - Laura Woodruff
Sixteen-year-old Logan wakes up dead in Exit Point. In spirit form, he attends his funeral, learns that his little sister is being molested, and develops a plan to save her before he must move on forever. The small, large-print paperback books in the Orca Soundings series use simple vocabulary and short sentences combined with lots of authentic dialogue and engrossing subject matter, making them ideal for high-interest, low-reading-level collections. The authors are not afraid of controversial language or material, which is in large part the secret of the series' appeal. Open endings lend to discussion and further exploration. These little novels with their colorful covers are sure to be a hit.
KLIATT - Amanda MacGregor
16-year-old Logan can hardly believe that he's dead. He looks the same, has thoughts and feelings, and can see everything and everyone around him. But there's no denying it after he witnesses his own funeral: Logan died in a car accident and has moved on. More accurately, he is in the process of moving on. Before Logan can do so, he has some unfinished business to attend to. Langston presents the reader with the intriguing idea that Logan himself chose an early exit point—dying in a car accident at 16—rather than the one intended for him—dying at age 77 by choking on a grape. Logan's early death has altered the lives of everyone he loves. Thanks to some savvy bargaining by his Gran (also dead), Logan is allowed to stick around and see how his absence will affect his little sister, Amy. Gran warns Logan that someone is harming Amy. Logan discovers that she's being sexually abused and brings it to his parents' attention. This short read will quickly pull readers in with its unique premise. The notion of still playing a vital role and feeling very much alive in the afterlife is a thought-provoking concept sure to inspire much discussion. With a fast-paced plot and the constant pull of tension, Langston manages to pack a lot of action into a brief story. The hopeful ending lightens the gravity of the plot.
John Jacob
Ostensibly a novel about the afterlife of narrator Logan, a 16-year-old victim of a car crash, the book may interest reluctant readers with its brevity and characterization of Logan and his grandmother, whom he meets in the afterlife, younger, smoking, and gambling. She is the most well-characterized person in the book. But close readers will notice that Logan is hardly sympathetic (he died racing cars after getting drunk one night, his preferred form of recreation), and that, while the afterlife is interesting, it can conform itself to almost anything the author wants to say. The author seems torn between developing her afterlife and making Logan's presence somewhat valid, by making his younger sister the victim of sexual molestation from their uncle. The novel becomes a race to stop another evening of molestation, and when Logan has accomplished his "mission," he is allowed to continue in his movement from the stations in the afterlife to a final resting point beyond.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-In Exit Point, 16-year-old Logan died in a car wreck. As he begins to explore the afterlife, he meets up with a guide and his grandmother, who explains that he has choices now just as he did when he was alive. This includes the opportunity to help his younger sister, who is being molested by a family friend. There are consequences for him, but he realizes that saving Amy matters more than anything else. In Crush, 17-year-old Hope stays with her older sister in New York City while her parents spend the summer building a school in Thailand. She soon discovers that Joy dabbles in drugs and alcohol and has a live-in boyfriend. Hope meets up with Nat, who is a lesbian, and she is offered a position as a nanny by a lesbian couple with twins. To her surprise, she discovers that she is attracted to Nat in more than a platonic way, although whether this is just a "crush" or something more serious is not certain as the story ends. In both novels, the plot relies on everything neatly falling into place. The character development lacks subtlety although the teens do have some real issues that they are trying to solve with some reflection and honesty. With their "Dr. Phil" talk-show themes, angst-driven protagonists, and short texts, these slick novels will appeal to reluctant readers who want fast-paced escapist reads.-Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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"Reading about how Logan struggles with these issues, and more, is the main pleasure of the book. Exit Point is a wonderful reading experience and Langston deserves full credit for having written such a thoughtful, and thought provoking, book."
Washington State Review Group
"Another good [title] for reluctant high school readers...Will appeal to and satisfy those who like edgier content."
Sheryl McFarlane's Blog
"Flashes of brilliant insight."
Puget Sound Council for the Review of Children's Books
"Wrenching issues are Orca Soundings forte as this 2.8 reading level meets struggling readers with a high-interest and attention-grabbing plot."
Canadian Bookseller
“An encouraging thought remains with readers: maybe it’s never too late for second chances.”
CM Magazine
"Teens will enjoy the fast pace and realistic dialogue and exlpration of the theme of life after death. Recommended."
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Product Details

Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
Orca Soundings Series
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

"I'm not dead. I'm still me. I still have a body and everything."
"You are still you but you don't have a body. What you're seeing is a thought form." He points to a tall gold urn up by the minister. "Your body is in there. You were cremated."
Thunk thunk, thunk thunk. My heart pounds in my chest. Dread mushrooms in my stomach. Sweat beads on my forehead. "But everybody knows death is the end. That there's nothing left but matter."
"Death is only the beginning, Logan. Hannah knows that. Lots of people do."

Meet the Author

Laura Langston is the award–winning author of over fifteen books for children and young adults. A former journalist with the CBC, Laura also writes non-fiction for such publications as Canadian Gardening magazine. For more information, visit www.lauralangston.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @LauraLangston.

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Exit Point 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exit Point Laura Langston Death is really not an option because we all end up dieing anyway sooner or later but Laura Langston really threw it off in this book...We all really take a choice in life to weather when we die and why. A lot of people say say that death is just the beginning and in Exit Point it is. Logan chose the wrong time to die and it just made the story more interesting. Instead of getting off at exit point five he got off on exit point one. One of the greatest stories I've read. When I started reading the first thing I thought about was that Logan(main character) died and the story wasn't going to go any further than that but I was wrong. This is one of the stories that just leaves you thinking because what you tough at first was wrong. Logan is just like me. He didn't really expect to die and to realize that there is life after the one you have on earth. What I'm saying is kind of strange but now Logan has a bigger challenge than he had on earth. A much, much bigger one. But he has a choice to go back on earth and face the challenge or just move on and get on with his life where he is. As I was reading this I got a message it was saying. What that message was saying was that one good deed can get you really far. Just that one good thing that Logan did that day at the market saved his life and saved the person he loves the most life. I know he didn't want to admit but it's was all true and it was all there. Logan realized many things people don't realize until they are to the point of dieing. After getting old is when they think and actually think that they should have done something different totally opposite of what they were supposed to but they also realize it is too late. That is exactly what happen with Logan when they passed pictures of his life and showed him what could've happen if he would've taken exit point five, it would've made a huge difference. But now he has to move on but will he save her life? This book is just really intense. It kept me reading...a total page turner all the way to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
its about a boy who dies too soon and finds out his uncle is raping his sister and he tries 2 warn his dad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book about a boy who died in a car wreck as well as the wrong time and how he learns about the after life and stuff. He finds out that he can go back to see his family, but they cant see him. When uncle Herb is trying to rape his little sister he goes back and tries to stop him. At first he manages to stop Herb for the time being. But his family doesnt want to beleive that Herb is doing that especialy since he died not long before that. But he is able to show himself to his dad as a ghost and convinces him that herb was hurting his litlle sister Amy. Then he is able to rest in peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like a book about a brother who dies and tries to tell his father that his uncle is raping his sister this is a book for you!