Guilty

Guilty

Norah McClintock

Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

Finn watches in horror as his stepmother is gunned down in front of his house. His father reacts and kills the gunman. When Finn learns that the killer is the same man who admitted to killing his birth mother years before, he is shocked and wants to know if this is more than a terrible coincidence. At the police station, he meets Lila, daughter of the killer, and they strike up a wary friendship. Both of them are desperate to find the truth. What they discover hints at a much larger conspiracy.Review"[A] searing detective story...The novel gets off to a tense start as 17-year-old Finn watches a strange man approach his father and stepmother in front of their garage...The chapters alternate between Finn and Lila's points of view, a juxtaposition that lends even more depth and energy to an already exciting story." (Booklist )"McClintock is well-known for her many young adult crime novels...Guilty will appeal to both her fans and to new readers as well. The book is fast-paced and exciting...The usual elements of a good mystery are all there, with a number of suspects and potential scenarios. People keep secrets of all kinds, and the final unravelling of the plot surprises both Lila and Finn and will catch readers off guard both in its simplicity and ingenuity....Highly Recommended." (CM Magazine )"A thrilling tale of three mysterious murders. Just when you think you have it all figured out—everything changes...Best. Ending. Ever." (YALSA YA Galley Teen Review ) From the Back CoverTracie crumples and falls to the ground. My dad twists around to look at her. He bellows. He lunges at the man again. Blam Blam A second person falls to the ground. Only my dad is left standing. Finn watches in horror as his stepmother is gunned down in front of his house. His father reacts and kills the gunman. When Finn learns that the killer is the same man who admitted to killing his birth mother years before, he is shocked and wants to know if this is more than a terrible coincidence. At the police station, he meets Lila, daughter of the killer, and they strike up a wary friendship. Both of them are desperate to find the truth. What they discover hints at a much larger conspiracy. (20120203)
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From Above

From Above

Norah McClintock

Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

When a football player from Riley Donovan's school falls to his death from the top of a recreation center, a hunch makes her wonder if he was pushed. But who would do such a thing, and why? Riley's detective aunt tells Riley to leave it alone, but that's not in Riley's nature. When her friend Charlie is accused of the murder, Riley is determined to clear his name, even if it means confronting vicious junkyard dogs, forming an alliance with an old enemy, and putting her own life in danger.
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Last Chance

Last Chance

Norah McClintock

Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

Robyn's scared of dogs—like, really scared. But she agrees to spend her summer working at an animal shelter anyway. (It's a long story.) Robyn soon discovers that many juvenile offenders also volunteer at the shelter—including Nick D'Angelo, a boy from Robyn's past. A boy she hoped to never see again. Nick has a talent for getting into trouble, but after his latest arrest, Robyn suspects that he just might be innocent. And she sets out to prove it....
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Taken

Taken

Norah McClintock

Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

Two girls have recently disappeared near the town where Stephanie lives. She is concerned but is sure that it could never happen to her. But then it does. Tied up and alone far from home, she manages to escape her captor and run for her life. But she is in the middle of nowhere, with no food, no shelter and no way home. And worst of all, she has run away before, so she is sure that the police will not take her disappearance seriously. She will need to save herself, calling on lessons learned from her grandfather and an inner strength she never thought she had.
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Masked

Masked

Norah McClintock

Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

When Daniel enters a convenience store on a secret mission, he doesn't expect to run into anyone he knows. That would ruin everything. And when Rosie enters the same store to see what her father wants, she's hoping to make a quick getaway with her waiting boyfriend. All Daniel and Rosie want is to get in and out without any trouble. Neither expects what happens next. A masked man enters the store. "This is a stickup," he announces. He has a gun and isn't afraid to use it. When he's ready to leave, he decides to take Rosie hostage. And then things get complicated...
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My Life Before Me

My Life Before Me

Norah McClintock

Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

Cady has always wanted to be a reporter, like her hero Nellie Bly, so after a fire burns down the orphanage she lives in, she's ready to leave small-town Ontario and make her mark as a newspaperwoman. A crumbling newspaper clipping leads her to Orrenstown, Indiana, where her investigation into a long-ago murder earns her a hard lesson in race relations. Smart and determined, and more than a little headstrong, Cady pokes a stick into a wasp's nest of lies, dirty politics, corrupt law enforcement and racial tension—and ends up fearing for her life as she closes in on something she's never cared about before—the truth about her own origins.
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Back

Back

Norah McClintock

Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

Jojo's back, released from jail, and people are tense and afraid all over again. They wonder if his friends will start showing up again. They wonder if they'll be walking down the street one day and they'll run into Jojo and Jojo will give them attitude or shove them around, just for fun. Jojo's friends have a way of making it hard — really hard — on people who decide to press charges against Jojo. Those people just wish Jojo would go away and never come back. Then there are the people who have hate in their hearts. These people wish something bad would happen to Jojo. Something really bad. Ardell Withrow is one of those people.
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Picture This

Picture This

Norah McClintock

Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

Ethan lives in a foster home, struggling to put his life on the right track. Involved in a photography program for at-risk kids, he finds himself threatened again and again by someone who wants his camera. What does Ethan know? And what is on his camera that someone is willing to kill for? Struggling to stay out of trouble and solve the mystery, he discovers he has all the answers. He just has to figure out the questions.
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Close to the Heel

Close to the Heel

Norah McClintock

Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

"No one is more surprised than Rennie to hear that his late grandfather, whom he hardly knew, has left a mission for him to fulfill. Rennie is to fly to Iceland and deliver a message from beyond the grave, but when he gets there, nothing is simple or straightforward. For one thing, Brynja, the teenage daughter of the family he's staying with, is downright hostile. Her father Einar, who is to be Rennie's guide in Iceland, is preoccupied with looking after his elderly father-in-law, an old friend of Rennie's grandfather. Bored and a little bit annoyed, Rennie explores the town and becomes aware that the family is dealing with more than their grief over Brynja's mother's death the year before. Before he realizes what is happening, his curiosity puts Rennie in grave danger, with no one to trust and no one to save him except himself."Review"McClintock's style is ideal for this series. Her characters are well-developed, and secrets are revealed only gradually, leaving the murderer's identity in doubt until the final pages. She also includes much local colour...and lightens the story with a sense of humour...This title stands alone, but the intriguing series' premise and the sense of mystery and adventure should prompt middle grade readers to ask for more." (CM Magazine 20120907)"Written as one of a set of seven linked novels to be released simultaneously, this story easily stands on its own...McClintock writes with her usual simple prose that can appeal to a broad audience, scattering little clues for astute readers and highlighting Iceland's interesting culture. Rennie's defiant character will appeal to many reluctant readers, who may be moved to try another in the series. A neat, suspenseful mystery tailor-made for young readers." (Kirkus Reviews 20120901)
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At the Edge

At the Edge

Norah McClintock

Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

James peeled off his sodden T-shirt. A huge scar ran diagonally across his back, deep reddish-purple. Then I heard his father's voice, hard and sharp. "I told you I never wanted to see that thing again," he snarled. "It's bad enough that he's dead and that it's your fault . . ."Robyn just wants to spend time with her boyfriend, Nick, but he's always busy—with work, with school, or with Danny, a girl from his past who could pass for a supermodel. Robyn's friend Morgan thinks James Derrick, a hot new transfer student, could take Nick off her mind. But James has problems of his own. He's haunted by a tragedy and holding back secrets. When Robyn realizes she and James share a hidden connection, she starts to dig deeper. But is she digging her own grave?
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Slide

Slide

Norah McClintock

Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

When Rennie's dad, the Major, goes overseas on assignment, he enlists his mother-in-law to babysit Rennie. Babysit! A guy who's about to turn fifteen! But Grandma is no surrogate drill sergeant. She has fun on her mind. That means ditching school and heading to avalanche country for a surprise ski trip. Nothing can ruin Rennie's vacation, not the lodge owner, who turns out to be Grandma's geriatric long-ago boyfriend, not the annoying backcountry guide or the crooked park ranger or the pushy businessman from Mumbai, not even the explosions. And definitely not the most beautiful girl in the world, whom he meets while stumbling onto a murder plot. In this hair-raising prequel to Close to the Heel and From the Dead, the loyal, smart and observant Rennie heads to avalanche country.
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Nowhere to Turn

Nowhere to Turn

Norah McClintock

Mystery & Thrillers / Young Adult

Robyn has sworn that she's over her ex, Nick. After all, he ditched town without a word to her. But when she hears he needs help, she's too curious about why he went missing to say no. Nick has been arrested—again—and the evidence doesn't lean in his favor. But when Robyn investigates, she discovers the situation is more complicated than it appears—and more dangerous....
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