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Blink & Caution

By: Tim Wynne-Jones

Blink is on the run from thugs. Caution is on the run from her boyfriend. When Blink and Caution run into each other, they end up in even bigger trouble.

ISBN: 9780763639839

JLG Release: Apr 2011


Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse
Topics: Runaways , Crime , Media , Emotional problems , Canada

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2011; Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books 2011, Fiction; SLJ Best Books of 2011, Fiction; YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults; YALSA Readers' Choice Nomination 2012, Mystery and Crime; 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Fiction; 2012 CCBC Choices

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

STAR
Blink and Caution are two teenage runaways in Toronto. Blink is getting by day to day by stealing breakfast leftovers from room-service trays in a fancy hotel when he accidentally observes a faked kidnapping of a wealthy CEO. Caution is on the run from an abusive and possessive drug-dealer boyfriend when she meets Blink. She falls i
STAR
Blink and Caution are two teenage runaways in Toronto. Blink is getting by day to day by stealing breakfast leftovers from room-service trays in a fancy hotel when he accidentally observes a faked kidnapping of a wealthy CEO. Caution is on the run from an abusive and possessive drug-dealer boyfriend when she meets Blink. She falls in with him at first because she thinks he will be an easy mark, but finds herself strangely drawn to him. Blink, however, is obsessed with the kidnapping he witnessed, and the media storm surrounding it. To solve the mystery, the teens travel to a remote cabin, where they find that they are in over their heads, and it will take all of their cunning and street smarts to make it out alive. In this edgy, suspenseful read, Wynne-Jones does an excellent job of portraying the pair’s budding relationship as they learn to trust one another in highly charged circumstances. The story is told in alternating viewpoints, with Blink’s segments in second-person present tense, which adds a heightened sense of immediacy and urgency, though it may take some getting used to for readers unfamiliar with the style. Those who enjoy thought-provoking thrillers will not want to miss this novel.—Misti Tidman, formerly at Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY

Horn Book

“It’s as if you always knew something like this would happen to you one day...You’d stumble on to something, and instead of running away from it, you’d pick it up and run with it, follow it to the end.” While lurking in a Toronto hotel hallway, hunting for room-service remains to eat for breakfast, a street kid who cal “It’s as if you always knew something like this would happen to you one day...You’d stumble on to something, and instead of running away from it, you’d pick it up and run with it, follow it to the end.” While lurking in a Toronto hotel hallway, hunting for room-service remains to eat for breakfast, a street kid who calls himself Blink happens upon a high-profile kidnapping in progress—or is it a fake kidnapping in progress? Blink’s story, told in compelling second-person narration, alternates and then intersects with that of another runaway, Caution—“She was the one who came up with the name Caution for herself. Caution, as in Slippery When Wet...Caution, as in Toxic.” Both teens have opted for the gritty life of the streets over trouble at home. (Blink is running from domestic violence; Caution from guilt over an accidental shooting death.) Though it loses focus in the end, the crime-drama element of the novel, involving a dispute over corporate uranium mining on Indian-owned land, has enough suspense and action to keep readers interested while they forge a connection with the main characters, whose relationship deepens as they help each other survive immediate dangers as well as the after effects of past trauma.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763639839

First Release

April 2011

Genre

Dewey Classification

Fiction

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

352

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.3; Points: 12;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.7; Points: 20;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Violence: Mild Violence, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse

Topics

Runaways, Crime, Media, Emotional problems, Canada,

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