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Don't Turn Around

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Exciting, nonstop techno-thriller raises big issues.

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DON'T TURN AROUND is an exciting techno-thriller, full of nonstop action from its opening scene. Peter and Noa, are well defined and reasonably realistic characters, despite their phenomenal computing skills. The villains, however, lack complexity, and Peter's parents seem one-dimensional in their awfulness, even though some explanation is given for their bad behavior. Although not advertised as the first book in a series, the novel ends with enough loose ends to suggest that the story will be continued.

Book Details

  • Author: Michelle Gagnon
  • Genre: Mystery
  • Topics: High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Publication date: August 28, 2012
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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