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Blink & Caution

by Tim Wynne-Jones

Published by Candlewick Press, 2011
342 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠩636-39839

Age 13 and older

Runaway Blink has been living on the streets for months when he stumbles onto the staged kidnapping of a wealthy businessman at the swanky hotel where he was stealing breakfast and finds himself in possession of the 搗ictim抯 cell phone. Runaway Caution has been living with a controlling drug dealer and is now attempting to escape. Tim Wynne-Jones adroitly moves back and forth between two compelling individual stories, blending them into a single and mesmerizing whole as the two teens eventually meet on a train. Caution is trying to get away from Toronto, while Blink is on the trail of the businessman, persuaded by the man抯 teenage daughter梬hom Blink called to provide assurance her father was okay梩o find out if he抯 at the remote retreat owned by his company. Blink and Caution form an alliance and find themselves on the trail of a crime that didn抰 happen but that masks a real crime involving corporate greed. As they journey together, trust, friendship梐nd something more梑egin to form, enabling them to not only reveal dimensions of their personal histories but also to begin a journey of healing. Told in two distinct narrative styles (an insightful and darkly funny second-person voice for Blink, and a third-person voice for Caution), this tense, suspense-filled novel starts out gritty but ends with two teens who believed they had nowhere to turn finding the courage to confront their pasts. In doing so, they gain a sense of hope for their futures.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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