Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 14 to 18
- Grade: 9 to 12
- Reading age: 7 to 10
Edgy and suspenseful young adult fiction that explores topics teens want to read about.
It begins with a chance encounter: teenage Emily and her friends come to the aid of a stranger who is being bullied by a gang. Emily forgets about the incident, but the young man she helped becomes fixated on her. Only when her real love interest is attacked does she begin to understand that the stranger's interest in her has become a full-blown obsession. Every Move is a realistic but chilling look at this threatening and all-too-common form of harassment.
About the author
PETER McPHEE, a Southern Alberta-based writer, was for many years an editor and film critic for the Winnipeg Sun. His plays have been produced at Winnipeg's Prairie Theatre Exchange and Calgary's Alberta Theatre Projects. He has written several books for both children and young adults, including Runner and A Way with Horses, both Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" Selections.
- Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Starred Selection
"Every Move moves along well, with a suspenseful buildup, and addresses a relevant topic. This would be a good paperback selection for a young adult collection."
"Peter McPhee wades into the murky waters of stalking in this short, accessible novel...McPhee nicely balances the up-to-date banter between teens with the hair-raising horror of an innocent girl's unawareness of her stalker. The mood is full of dramatic irony, with the reader gradually realizing that the trusting nature of Emily and her parents is going to result in tragedy."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Every Move (SideStreets)Emily tries to ignore Michael’s advances, until she realizes his interest has become a full-blown obsession. A realistic, but chilling exploration of the stalking phenomenon.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.