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Don't turn around, Michelle Gagnon

Label
Don't turn around
Title
Don't turn around
Statement of responsibility
Michelle Gagnon
Title variation
Do not turn around
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After waking up on an operating table with no memory of how she got there, Noa must team up with computer hacker Peter to stop a corrupt corporation with a deadly secret
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Pace
Tone
Writing style
Award
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2013.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 8 Up — Teen runaway Noa has managed to make a tolerable life for herself. She has an apartment, a job as a freelance computer security specialist (she's a hacker), and a fake foster family to make it all legal. Most importantly, she is off the grid and all but invisible-until she wakes up on an operating table with no memory of the past three weeks, a strange scar, and a ton of questions. She needs help and she needs answers, but first she needs to escape. Peter, a privileged suburban kid who leads a computer hacktivist group called /ALLIANCE/, has stumbled onto a terrible secret that may involve his whole family. Suddenly the two of them are on the run, chased by a powerful company willing to do anything to catch them and keep their secrets. Don't Turn Around is a tight, well-written thriller from a best-selling adult writer. The story opens quickly but then takes a while to gain momentum. However, by the time Noa and Peter get together, the action and the developments come fast and furious all the way to the end. The teens come across as authentic young adults and deftly walk the fine line between teenage hard-headedness and being appropriately sympathetic. There is a certain amount of computer jargon but it never slows the action, and everything is reasonably explained. The ending is left open for a possible sequel, which will surely excite anyone who reads this first installment.Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TX --Erik Knapp (Reviewed November 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 11, p104)
  • (The following is a combined review for DON&#39 and T TURN AROUND)/* Starred Review */ Teenage hackers Noa and Peter band together for vengeance and discover an inconceivable conspiracy. Sixteen-year-old computer whiz Noa Torson has escaped the Child Protective Services system by creating a fake foster family that includes a reclusive, freelance IT-guy of a father who draws a tidy salary working "from home"; she thinks she's safe. When she wakes up in a hospitallike operating theater with no memory of how she got there, she doesn't take the doctors' lame explanation that she was in a car accident and uses her smarts to escape. Meanwhile, Boston child-of-privilege Peter pokes around his father's files and is interrupted by armed thugs who break down the door and storm off with his computer (leaving a warning for his parents). Peter enlists his hacktivist group /ALLIANCE/ (of which Noa is a member) to, first, research the subject of those files and then to attack his attackers via the Net. The attack only serves to dig the teens in deeper when they uncover a frightening conspiracy of human experimentation and corporate malfeasance that could mean a quick death for them both. Adult author Gagnon's YA debut is a pulse-pounding scary-great read. The strong characters and dystopian day-after-tomorrow setting will have teens begging for more. The slightly open end leaving the possibility (but not necessity) of a sequel will rankle some; others will just breathlessly smile. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for preteens and teens, a surefire hit. (Thriller. 12-16)(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10142783
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1971-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gagnon, Michelle
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • HL
  • 710
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
PZ7.G1247
LC item number
Do 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Persefone trilogy (Michelle Gagnon)
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Computer hackers
  • Experiments
  • Foster home care
  • Abandoned children
  • Computer hackers
  • Science
  • Foster home care
  • Abandoned children
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Don't turn around, Michelle Gagnon
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
310 p.
Isbn
9780062102904
Isbn Type
(trade bdg.)
Lccn
2012009691
System control number
(OCoLC)777620840
Label
Don't turn around, Michelle Gagnon
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
310 p.
Isbn
9780062102904
Isbn Type
(trade bdg.)
Lccn
2012009691
System control number
(OCoLC)777620840

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