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Dead-End Job
By author: Vicki Grant
Selling Points: friendship, obsession, stalkers
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2005
Lexile Level: HL440L
Fry Reading Level: 3.6
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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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.
School Library Journal - October 1, 2005
“This is an intense, plot-driven book that hits many familiar yet upsetting notes. The tension is meted out in a deliberate manner. The spare text makes it a strong choice for reluctant readers.”
Hi-Rise - September 1, 2005
“Though an easy-to-read novel, this will be a good read for any teen, and worth much discussion given that so many girls and women are at some point stalked. Be sure to give this to a young girl you care about.”
SouthWestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - August 3, 2005
"[The] danger comes through clearly in the story and will keep the readers engaged until the end. A good, fast read."
VOYA - August 1, 2005
“It is a quick, easy read with a high-impact ending. It will appeal to teens looking for an easily digestible stalker beach read.”
KLIATT - July 1, 2005
"A quick read, Dead-End Job is a real page-turner."
Monday Magazine - May 12, 2005
“Simply written, with an emphasis on plot and suspense, it makes for a fine non-television alternative.”
CM Magazine - May 1, 2005
“Suspenseful yet believable...The stalker scenario is realistically plotted and a good subject for a hi-lo book as this situation is one that may be (unfortunately) experienced by some young women...Recommended.”


YALSA Quick Picks, short-listed  US  2006
CCBC Our Choice starred selection, commended  CA  2006


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