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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,030 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Wynne-Jones Narrator: MacLeod Andrews Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9781455803682
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Two street kids get tangled in a plot over their heads—and risk an unexpected connection—in this heart-pounding thriller by Tim Wynne-Jones.

Boy, did Blink get off on the wrong floor. All he wanted was to steal some breakfast for his empty belly, but instead he stumbled upon a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an "abducted" CEO, giving Blink a link to his perfect blonde daughter. Now Blink is on the run, but it’s OK as long as he’s smart enough to stay in the game and keep Captain Panic locked in his hold. Enter a girl named Caution. As in "Caution: Toxic." As in "Caution: Watch Your Step." She’s also on the run, from a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a nightmare in her past that won’t let her go. When she spies Blink at the train station, Caution can see he’s an easy mark. But there’s something about this naïve, skinny street punk, whom she only wanted to rob, that tugs at her heart, a heart she thought deserved not to feel. Charged with suspense and intrigue, this taut novel trails two deeply compelling characters as they forge a blackmail scheme that is foolhardy at best, disastrous at worst—along with a fated, tender partnership that will offer them each a rare chance for redemption.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wynne-Jones’ finest, most beautifully written novel yet, one more in a career full of distinguished works.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This gripping crime story is told in alternating points of view—second person for Blink and third person for Caution—a technique that is especially effective in the audio format…Two voices, both narrated by Andrews, create a story so fraught with woe, guilt, terror, and tension that the listener can’t help rooting for the teens to escape the situation they’re in.”

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  • A 2011 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction
  • One of the 2011 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Teens
  • Selected for the Summer 2011 Kids' Indie Next List
  • Winner of the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile or Young Adult Crime Book
  • Winner of the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie Gelson | 2/19/2014

    " A dramatic story but what I loved most were the two main characters. Vulnerable. Real. Appealing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 2/12/2014

    " 3.5. Pros: Likable main characters, almost poetic writing. Cons: Blink seemed younger than he was supposed to be, which made the love story seem a little off; the mystery was a bit of a letdown in its predictability, but I didn't find that to be an important part of the story despite the fact that it drove the action. Other thoughts: I appreciate that Wynne-Jones tried something different by using second person for Blink's sections, but it didn't quite work for me. I had hoped initially that once I got used to it the narration would give me more of a connection with what the character was actually thinking rather than what he might want to share through first-person narration, if that makes any sense. Unfortunately, I found that I never fully got used to the use of second person (though it got better once his story merged with Caution's), so any greater intimacy from the narration was lost in requiring slightly greater effort to process an atypical style. But overall this was a relatively minor issue, and I'm glad I gave it a try. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms. McC | 2/12/2014

    " Great!!! Wynne-Jones combined appealing characters, suspense that raised my heart-rate, and two heartwarming stories of personal redemption to make one of my favorite books of the year! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miz Lizzie | 2/5/2014

    " The novel tells the story of two runaways in two different narratives. Blink has fled his abusive stepdaddy and passive mother to live hand-to-mouth on the streets. His desperate schemes for food unexpectedly entangle him in a high-profile kidnapping that isn't all that it seems. His story is told in second-person, the current stylistic trend that usually drives me crazy but it actually was used quite effectively here. Perhaps it helped that I listened to the book but the "you" point of view works as the voice in Blink's head. The other storyline follows Caution in a more conventional third-person narrative. Caution is on the streets looking for punishment for the terrible deed she committed that is slowly revealed throughout the novel. Of course, the two storylines eventually become entwined as Blink and Caution join forces to figure out the mystery behind the kidnapping-that-wasn't. The ending felt a little rushed and the kidnapping scheme a bit of a let down after the fast-paced suspense that came before it. But I appreciated the way that Blink and Caution grew into themselves as they forged their partnership and how they each found inner peace and hope for the future. The story should appeal to both boys and girls. This isn't usually the kind of story (dark, realistic, contemporary story about teens living on the street) I enjoy and I put off reading it even though it had been getting good reviews and was on my local Mock Printz list. But then I started reading it and discovered that it had two things in particular that I am interested in. The Canadian setting in Toronto and Kingston made me feel right at home (even if the, otherwise quite effective, American reader mispronounced -- for a Canadian, that is -- a few words and jolted me out of my Canadian nostalgia). There's also a subplot (very much in the background, as it turns out, but still) involving Aboriginal land claims, my folklore research focus. Book Pairings: The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lydia Tillotson | 1/31/2014

    " This book is confusing and hard for me to get into! Its just nothing I would read when I get bored because I don't like this kind of book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 1/15/2014

    " Blink and Caution ran away from their homes for different reasons but both are barely surviving on teh streets. When they get wrapped up in criminal activity, it may cost them their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Atkinson | 1/15/2014

    " Well written; most exciting. Enjoyed much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 1/14/2014

    " Blink and Caution are the names of 2 homeless teens living on the streets of Toronto. Blink witnesses a strange crime in a hotel room where he is scrounging for his breakfast, which leads to dangerous consequences. Caution hit the streets after she accidentally killed her brother and is living in the seedy underworld of drugs and prostitution. They meet when Caution steals money from Blink, then has a change of heart and decides to help him. There's plenty of action here to keep the reader turning the page, but it's a growing attachment to these two unlucky teens that really fuels the reader's interest. Wynne-Jones uses the unique device of telling Caution's story in 3rd person and Blink's story in 2nd person. Recommend this to older teens; fans of Rachel Ward's "Numbers" will like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz Tuohy-sheen | 1/10/2014

    " I really enjoyed this one. I found the voices of both characters to be rich and interesting, as well as genuine. I found some of the ending to be a bit unrealistic, but still satisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 NancyJo Lambert | 12/13/2013

    " This was an interesting book. It was weird and I lost interest about 3/4 of the way through. Not a good spot to lose interest. However, when I finally got around to finishing it was just ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia Wilson | 10/20/2013

    " Great YA mystery. Strong characters and enough suspense to keep even reluctant readers engaged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke (I need shelter from pieces of fallen sky) | 6/15/2013

    " It was a very sweet and satisfying read. Definitely going to look more into this author "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 1/8/2013

    " I liked this one a lot - highly recommended. Good story, well told, not standard or predictable. And I really connected with the characters and cared about what happened to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 4/18/2012

    " So nice to hear Tim's voie in my head as I read this Canadian novel. Tim read the opening chapter at an event event at Vermont College last summer. Of course I had to buy it and read the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheyne | 3/28/2012

    " This book is kind of interesting. The tense that the author chose was a bit different than many of the books that I have read. Overall, I liked it because of the weirdness that goes on. But I often wonder why or how Blink and Caution got themselves into the position that they are in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Holly | 9/1/2011

    " Caution: SLOW. Caution: NOT the past-paced action novel it is advertised to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alein | 8/15/2011

    " This book was amazing. The plot, the dialogue. Perfect! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melliott | 5/23/2011

    " I really liked this book. At first the second-person narration was distracting, and then it became my favorite part of the book. Great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 5/2/2011

    " This is another reason why Tim Wynne-Jones is one of my favorite authors. He is a master at character (unique here with the second person narration) and plots that pull you in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jasmine | 3/30/2011

    " loved it but couldn't understand it at all "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 3/21/2011

    " I enjoyed this book, it was told one chapter for each character, until the two met. The circumstances of them two are dark and sad, the adventure they wind up on together is exciting, but the ending is a bit too quick and neat. I believe teens will related the the characters and enjoy it too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 3/14/2011

    " Well written; most exciting. Enjoyed much. "

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About the Author
Author Tim Wynne-JonesTim Wynne-Jones has won numerous awards for his work, including an Edgar Award, the Governor General’s Literary Award, and a Boston Globe–Horn Book  Award. He is a faculty member at Vermont College, teaching courses in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. He is the author of more than twenty books for children and young adults, including the novel The Uninvited  and the popular Rex Zero books. Tim Wynne-Jones lives in Ontario with his family.
About the Narrator

MacLeod Andrews is an actor, voice actor, and audiobook narrator. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and placing as a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015. He is a company member of Rising Phoenix Repertory in Los Angeles.