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Young Adult Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories

Out of the Cold

by (author) Norah McClintock

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

    Publish Date
    Oct 2007
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2012
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 6 to 12
  • Reading age: 9 to 10


After a homeless man dies during a cold winter night, Robyn and her friends work to uncover who the man was before his time on the streets. They have only two clues to guide them: a class ring and an old photograph that the man left behind. Robyn just wants to honor the homeless man's memory. But as the search heats up, she begins to suspect that someone's investigating her too...

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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Editorial Reviews

"Another easy-reading mystery from McClintock.

Robyn reluctantly agrees to volunteer at a homeless shelter, where a mentally disabled man knocks her down. Excluded from the shelter for a time as punishment, the man freezes to death on the streets. Feeling guilty, Robyn decides to try to discover who he was. She enlists friends to interview people in the neighborhood and other shelter residents, uncovering clues. Meanwhile, a sinister-looking man chases her, and shortly thereafter, someone mugs her, taking her best evidence. She continues following clues, however, until she cracks the case, learning that the homeless man didn't start out that way. McClintock uses a just-the-facts-ma'am style that fits the mystery genre and keeps the text uncomplicated for reluctant readers. She relies on plenty of happy coincidences, such as meeting exactly the right people at just the right time to uncover major clues. Robyn also enjoys a bit of romance and copes with a delicate family situation with her divorced parents. She comes across as an attractive character, good in school and compassionate toward all. Yet she also demonstrates a toughness and determination that allow her to solve the case. This title publishes simultaneously with Book 5, Shadow of Doubt.

This series presents readers with nice, tidy mysteries and work as an excellent introduction to the genre, besides being plenty of fun." --Kirkus Reviews


Librarian Reviews

Out of the Cold (Robyn Hunter Mystery)

Robyn and her friends try to find out more about a homeless man who died on the street. As they delve into his past, they realize that the chances of his death being an accident are very unlikely.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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