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Young Adult Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories

Last Chance

by (author) Norah McClintock

Lerner Publishing Group
Initial publish date
Jan 2012
Mysteries & Detective Stories, Thrillers & Suspense, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2012
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 11 to 18
  • Grade: 6 to 12
  • Reading age: 9 to 10


Robyn's scared of dogs—like, really scared. But she agrees to spend her summer working at an animal shelter anyway. (It's a long story.) Robyn soon discovers that many juvenile offenders also volunteer at the shelter—including Nick D'Angelo, a boy from Robyn's past. A boy she hoped to never see again. Nick has a talent for getting into trouble, but after his latest arrest, Robyn suspects that he just might be innocent. And she sets out to prove it...

About the author


Norah McClintock est l’auteure de plus de 40 livres, dont ceux des collections Chloe & Levesque, Mike & Riel et Robyn Hunter Mysteries, tous publiés chez Scholastic Canada. Les livres de Norah ont été traduits dans une douzaine de langues. Elle a remporté le prix Arthur Ellis dans la catégorie du meilleur roman policier jeunesse et beaucoup d’autres récompenses. Native de Montréal, Norah a obtenu un baccalauréat en histoire de l’Université McGill. Une mer de chagrin est son premier roman historique. «Il est temps d’utiliser toutes ces connaissances en histoire», a-t-elle dit. Norah vit maintenant à Toronto.


Norah McClintock is the author of Tell and Snitch, both Orca Soundings novels. Norah lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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  • Winner, Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year

Editorial Reviews

"How does a girl who's terrified of dogs wind up working at an animal shelter? The dogs aren't the only thing that scares Robyn. Back in middle school, she turned in a boy for stealing. She hoped she'd never see him again, but there he is, also working at the shelter. Nick doesn't seem able to stay out of trouble. Yet both Robyn and Nick are doing community service at the shelter. Robyn, accused of breaking a window during a protest march, still sees herself as superior to Nick, accused of violent crime. When she thinks she sees Nick trying to steal money again, she isn't sure what she should do. Meanwhile, Robyn learns more about Nick when he's arrested again. This time she thinks he's innocent and sets out to prove it. To amp the tension a little bit, add in the fact that a dog Nick has been training may be put down if Nick leaves his rehabilitation program. As the story unfolds, Robyn learns more about Nick's predicament, turning the story into a mystery. McClintock keeps her writing at a level simple and clear enough to attract both middle-school and reluctant high-school readers. She portrays both Robyn and Nick as flawed people, but both learn and grow, finally making both interesting and attractive characters. Volume two in the Robyn Hunter Mysteries series, You Can Run, publishes simultaneously. Great for dog lovers and young mystery fans." --Kirkus Reviews


"When Robyn is arrested at a rally protesting animal rights, she is sentenced to serve at an animal rescue service. But Robyn is terrified of dogs. After nearly being bowled over by a brute of a dog on her first day, she is saved by Nick, a troubled boy who is responsible for training problem dogs in preparation for their adoption. Robyn and Nick form a friendship and she learns how much Nick loves the dog and how worried he is that his dog will be euthanized. When Nick is accused of a crime and is about to lose the dog he loves, she sets out to discover who really is at fault. This is a satisfying mystery, part of the Robyn Hunter Mysteries series. Realistic and believable with likable characters, it would be a good addition to any fiction collection for young adults." --Library Media Connection


Librarian Reviews

Last Chance (Robyn Hunter Mystery)

A new series by the award-winning crime writer. When Nick is arrested for a major crime, Robyn doubts his guilt. Why would he risk everything just when his life is turning around?

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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