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{March 16, 2011}   Jacked, by Carrie Mac

Synopsis from Orca Books: “As far as Zane knows, today is just another boring day at his boring gas-station job. Until he gets carjacked by a masked gunman. Zane has no idea where they’re going or what will happen when they get there. All he knows is that the lunatic in the passenger seat has a gun aimed at him. Zane tries to reason with the guy, and when that fails, he tries a couple of daring stunts to get free, but they backfire. They’ve been on the road for a long time before Zane’s fear starts to ease just a little, enough for his curiosity to take over. His captor has had several opportunities to hurt him or punish him for trying to get away, but he hasn’t. Zane starts to wonder who this guy is. And what he really wants.”


Orca Book Publishers is an organization that produces fiction for reluctant readers, especially readers on the lower spectrum, with a reading level between second grade and fourth grade.  Jacked comes from the Orca Soundings series, which is for those ages 12+, and is written in a way that the reader, especially a reluctant reader, can easily understand.  

This novel has a great storyline and it immediately jumps into the action, hooking the reader.  There is hardly any wait time for the thrills to begin; Zane is carjacked within a few pages of the novel, and the intensity of the carjacking will have the reader rapidly turning the pages.  While I believe the carjacker’s identity and intention was revealed far too soon within the story, removing much of the suspense, the story does not end there.  The reader will still be pressed to read on as Zane must decide between doing what is right and doing what is easy.  Both the identity and the intentions of the carjacker are not what you’d expect!  Three stars.

 Check out my Orca Book Publishers page for more information, titles, and reviews for reluctant readers!


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