- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 6 and up
- Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Juvenile; First Edition edition (February 16, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399243852
- ISBN-13: 978-0399243851
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,339 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shock Point Hardcover – February 16, 2006
From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up–Cassie Streng, 16, knows that her psychiatrist stepfather, Rick, prescribed an experimental drug for his teenage patients, three of whom have committed suicide. Before she can gather evidence, however, she is grabbed by two men, handcuffed, locked in the back of a van, and taken to Peaceful Cove, a facility for troubled teens in Mexico. Rick has assured her mother that the place is an excellent boarding school–he maintains that he found crystal meth in Cassie's room–but she soon discovers the truth. She is trapped in a brutal prison camp, and she must make her way back to Oregon and convince someone of the danger Rick represents before anyone else dies. While the premise is a bit over the top, Cassie is a strong and sympathetic character who relies on her wits and determination from the very first page. Short chapters that show how she uncovers her stepfather's actions alternate with the story of her journey from Portland to Mexico, a nicely executed technique that keeps the plot moving and readers engaged. While the secondary characters are a little flat and the ending is a bit too neat, Henry packs her first YA novel with the quick action and suspense that will keep even reluctant readers turning the pages.–Beth Gallego, Los Angeles Public Library, North Hollywood
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Gr. 8-11. The wicked stepmother motif is altered to wicked stepfather in this contemporary chiller. Cassie, 16, has suffered a year of upheavals: her parents' divorce, her mother's remarriage^B and new pregnancy, and the discovery that her stepfather's psychiatric practice revolves around an experimental drug that may have led to the suicides of several of his teen patients. Leading off is a horrific scene of Cassie's abduction, masterminded by her stepfather, who planted crystal meth in her room and arranged for her to be taken to a juvenile "rehabilitation" center. Organization is a strong point here. In the first part, Henry effectively shuttles between Cassie's imprisonment and the discoveries that lead to it. In the second part, Cassie must free herself and obtain evidence to save other teens from the deadly drug--all but impossible tasks in the Dickensian atmosphere of the teen facility. Along with solid plotting and suspense comes a likable heroine who's a good match for the nefarious adults in her life. Connie Fletcher
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Top Customer Reviews
In a flashback Cassie discovers that Rick, a psychiatrist, has been administering an experimental drug to his troubled teen patients; three of them committed suicide. When Cassie confides in her classmate, Thatcher, he hatches a plan to show Rick's incriminating records to a newspaper reporter. They must tell people the truth about the drug, and thereby prevent more deaths.
However, before the two can get an adult to listen seriously to them, Rick has arranged for Cassie to be shanghaied to Peaceful Cove, a brutal boot camp in Mexico for teenagers with behavior problems. Peaceful Cove is more like a prison than a school or a camp. Cassie's clothes and other personal belongings are taken from her. She's locked in a closet-sized room and warned that armed guards, barbed wire, and a 200-foot cliff will keep her from escaping. Cruel punishments are commonplace. And it's all legal, because her parents signed the contract.
Not only is Cassie totally cut off from the world, she must learn a million rules. She can't cross her legs when she sits. She can't wear her hair down. She can't raise her eyes. She can't talk, sit, or stand without permission. Cassie soon finds out that her incarceration is sure to last months if not years.Read more ›
I thought Shock Point was a very interesting book. I was a book that you could not put down when reading it. There was also tons of action and adventure. There was never a dull moment in this book. It always kept you on your toes wondering what would happen next. It had a very good plot that was also very interesting. It was a very believable plot and things seemed like it could really be happening. Overall Shock Point was a very good book to read.
There was one thing in the book that was lacking and it was the detail. There were many important events in this book. But most of them were not described with very much detail. You could not always picture what was happening in this novel. That would be one of the only negative things about Shock Point
Shock Point was a very good story. It is a real page turner which is a great thing to have in all books. This is a great novel for people of all ages. Anyone could relate to things that were happening in this book. So if you love adventure, action, and suspense, then this would be the right book for you to read.
Cassie figures this all out in a few minutes, once she's handcuffed in the back of the van, virtually kidnapped by men who work for Peaceful Cove, and desperate to escape. She knows why this is happening, but she has no way to convince anyone that she's being held against her will for something she didn't do.
Rick Wheeler is a psychiatrist who moved his new family--wife Jackie, stepdaughter Cassie, and soon-to-be-born son away from the town of Minor to Portland. Back in their old town, Rick had a practice that specialized in helping troubled youths. You know the ones--they resist parental authority, smoke, drink, maybe do drugs or have premarital sex. They were the "bad" kids, and Dr. Wheeler used them as guinea pigs for a drug called Socom. Socom's creators billed their new drug, given as an injection, as a breakthrough in adolescent behavior modification. It might be, too, except for the deadly side effects that seem to take place in some of the youths, ending in their deaths.
Cassie found out about all of this when she snooped through her stepfather's home files. She was concerned enough, especially since Rick keeps mentioning to her mother that she herself should be put on Socom, to do some investigating of her own.Read more ›
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I love April Henry's books. Shock Point was her first, and it was good! After that she got great.Published 5 months ago by DANIEL MENACHER
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