by Alex Van Tol

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Jill took a job which sounded perfect for the summer, guiding tourists on trail rides in the beautiful mountains. She didn't realize that the money was terrible, the hours long and the coworkers insufferable. After a blow-up with her boss, she takes a single man into the mountains for a ride, only to finds that he is a dangerous killer. When Jill fights back and manages to escape, she is in a desperate race to survive and make it to safety.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554694921
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Series: Orca Soundings Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 174 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alex Van Tol grew up reading a wide range of books, from Enid Blyton to Stephen King. She taught middle school for eight years, then made the switch to writing for a living. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family.

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Suddenly my outrage dissolves, replaced by cold fear. It sticks in my throat. Darren takes a step toward me. I jump back, but he grabs my wrist and yanks me around, twisting my arm behind my back. Pain explodes in a series of flashing white and red lights. My body locks up with agony as my shoulder rotates toward the outer edge of its range of motion. I scream. What the hell is going on? How can this be happening to me?

I’ve never heard myself scream before. Not like this.

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Knifepoint 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Jill is not happy--it's only 7am and she's rounding up 60 horses at the ranch, knowing her fellow employees are probably still enjoying their beauty sleep. She's exhausted from the previous day's work and bitter at the low pay she's getting from all her hard work. The handsome tourist who appears and says he's next for a trail ride picks Jill's spirits up. As they ride down the trail, Jill realizes she forgot to get the required paperwork but the two forge on with the ride. At a stop Jill has chosen for its beautiful views, the man reveals himself to be something other than a good-looking tourist wanting to explore -- Jill must fight for her life. This quick read from the Orca Soundings series will keep teens riveted to the terror Jill feels. Appropriate for grades 7 and higher.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
It was supposed to be a chance to get a taste of country life before she had to settle down to something more serious. Jill thought working in the mountains, taking vacationers on horseback adventures, would be a great summer job. Unfortunately, things were not working out on a number of different levels. Her co-workers seemed to have more fun partying every night, which left Jill to take up the slack every morning. If that wasn't bad enough, her boss, James, seemed to think it was his duty to make life even more miserable. He was demanding, and at the same time incredibly creepy. She was beginning to think this might be her last day on the job. The day started out with a nearly impossible task - rounding up 60 horses and getting them saddled and ready for the scheduled trail rides. The work was exhausting and made more difficult by the fact that Jill knew her co-workers were probably still tucked in their beds, sleeping off the fun times of the previous night. The only thing to brighten her day was the good-looking guy she spotted hanging out around the corral. After a morning trail ride, Jill expected to have a quick lunch and get a few minutes of rest, but the handsome tourist approached her and stated that he was her next scheduled appointment. He announced that he was interested in a wilderness adventure ride. The adventure rides were really for the experts, and Jill had never put herself in that category; however, James was right there to insist that she was the person for the job. Once the ride began, Jill quickly assessed that her companion was not much of a horseman, so she was able to slow things down and truly begin to enjoy the afternoon ride. They headed up to an area surrounding a deserted mill that always impressed the visitors. Jill isn't prepared for what happens next. This ride may turn out to be the last one she ever takes. Author Alex Van Tol takes readers on a terrifying adventure. The relaxing mountain ride becomes a life-threatening experience when the handsome tourist turns out to be a psychotic killer. More than half of this short, fast-paced book is filled with deadly action. Readers won't be able to turn the pages fast enough to find out how everything ends.
jantinore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a very intresting read. it had a really good plot line and keep the reader wondering what was going to happen next. Alex Van Tol did a really good job on this book, very suspensful. I recommend this book for people who dont like to read long books and likes thrillers.
Kiana Poier More than 1 year ago
Even thouugh i haven't read the first twenty pages,the summary makes it sound so intresting!