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{April 3, 2011}   Dead-End Job, by Vicki Grant

Synopsis from Orca Books:

I ran blindly into the store, sliding in my greasy shoes, knocking cans onto the floor, ramming into shelves. I fumbled for the phone. I picked up the receiver. I could feel Devin right behind me.

I dialed nine, one..

His hand slammed the phone down.

“I hoped it wouldn’t come to this,” he said.

“Frances works the night shift at a local convenience store, dividing her time between restocking shelves and working on her art. Her routine is broken one night when Devin comes into the store. He claims to be the son of a famous local artist and offers her advice on her drawings. Although he seems to know way too much about her, Frances decides, against the advice of her boyfriend, that he is odd but harmless. By the time she realizes the danger she is in, Devin is completely obsessed with her and convinced that if he can’t have her, no one will. Frances will be forced to use all her strength to escape from Devin.”


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.  Dead-End Job 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.  

Wow!  Grant is an amazing writer!  I really love this short novel; it is filled with suspense and I couldn’t put it down.  I’ll admit the title didn’t grab my interest, but I’m glad I picked it up from the library, along with a cluster of other Orca Soundings novels.  It was INCREDIBLE!  This novel has so many great aspects, it’s hard to zone in on them all!  The writing style is to the point, giving reluctant readers a great basis of the story without overdoing it.  The characterization is perfect; as scary as it is, Devin fits the profile of a stalker to a tee!  Devin reminds me very much of a young man that stalked the females in my area, and I’m thankful everyone was vigilant enough to realize the potential danger and do something about it before tragedy struck—so this novel really hits home with me.  Frances reminds me of so many young women today, so sure of themselves and gullible.  I think this novel has a great message for everyone, young and old, and it will make your heart pound!  As I read, my stomach started tightening in anticipation; it was that scary!  I really love this novel!  Five stars!

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


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