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Norah McClintock's "Taken" + General Ramblings About Teen Thrillers

July 30, 2010 | Alan H.

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Norah McClintock's Taken is a fusion of two genres I read a lot of in my teen years, the teen mystery/thriller + the teen survival story. 

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Part of the appeal of these stories is the unfolding plot (and plot twists), so I won't go into too much detail beyond my original summary for our booklist:

When Stephanie Rawls is drugged and kidnapped, she must escape alone from deep in the wilderness. Both an intense survival story and a murder mystery, McClintock’s novel should appeal to fans of both these genres.

So along with the obvious audience of mystery/thriller enthusiasts (especially those who enjoy any of McClintock's other books) I'd recommend this one to fans of wilderness survival stories like Gary Paulsen's Hatchet or Gordon Korman's Island series.

When I was avidly reading teen thrillers, my favourite was always Lois Duncan, maybe best known for writing I Know What You Did Last Summer (later made into a movie).  But I haven't kept up with the big names for teens in these areas in the way I have in some others like science fiction.  For the avid teen thriller readers, who are you reading these days?  Or if you don't read the genre, why not?

Alan H. is a web librarian at Toronto Public Library.  He was in the Cub Scouts for a few years, but his wilderness survival skills have probably substantially degraded since then.

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