Dead-End Job
Dead-End Job
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Series: Orca Soundings   

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Annotation: When it turns out that the boy Frances has met at her job working the nightshift is a stalker, she realizes she may be in serious danger.
Catalog Number: #4527373
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: High Low High Low
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Orca Books
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2005
Pages: 122 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-551-43378-8
ISBN 13: 978-1-551-43378-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2005920401
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up Frances is hoping to save some money for art school. To do this she works the late shift at a convenience store on the edge of town. There, she meets loner/artist/new guy Devin. Unfortunately, he is severely disturbed and begins an imaginary romance with her that threatens her relationship with her boyfriend, her job, and her personal safety. 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. Amy Patrick, New York Public Library
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School Library Journal (11/1/05)
Word Count: 15,178
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 87397 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.1 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q37024
Lexile: HL440L
Guided Reading Level: Z+
Fountas & Pinnell: Z+
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.

Excerpted from Dead-End Job by Vicki Grant
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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.

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