Shock Point

Shock Point

by April Henry

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Overview

Cassie discovers that her stepfather, Rick, a teen psychiatrist, has been illegally prescribing a new behavioral drug to his patients-and three teens have died. Before she can report him, Rick commits Cassie to Peaceful Cove, a boot camp for troubled teens in Mexico. Cassie knows she has to get out now, before more teens die. But no one has ever escaped from Peaceful Cove alive-and even if Cassie gets over the walls and survives the Mexican desert, will anyone believe her story?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142412404
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/02/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

April Henry lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Copyright Page

Acknowledgements

 
part one

one - April 14

two - Three days earlier—April 11

three - April 14

four - April 11

five - April 14

six - April 12

seven - April 14

eight - April 12

nine - April 14

ten - April 12

eleven - April 14

(Continues…)



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Henry packs her first YA novel with the quick action and suspense that will keep even reluctant readers turning the pages." School Library Journal

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Shock Point 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my absolute favorite book. There is so much suspence. I could not put it down both the times i read it. Im even going to read it again soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just wow! This book is so good and so is girl,stolen! I seriously am in love with this author's books! You wont regret getting this book unless you have major issues!
tyuiop159 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first page! The character development was extraordinary. The problems that happen in this book are more common then believed. I loved it!
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Cassie discovers that her stepfather is prescribing an experimental drug that has caused the deaths of three teens, she is determined to report him. When he finds out that she knows what he's done, he'll do anything to prevent that knowledge from leaking to the wrong people. Cassie soon finds herself a prisoner of Peaceful Cove, and she has very little hope of escape. An interesting read created when the author combined two newspaper articles to get the idea for the story. I couldn't really believe that her mother would believe her stepfather over her own daughter however, so the story didn't work that well for me because I know my mom would never, ever not believe me.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Shock" is a great choice of word for this book - the first chapter opens with fifteen-year-old Cassie getting grabbed and tossed into the back of a van, in front of her house and mother. The truly shocking bit comes in when Cassie discovers that her mother, at the urging of Cassie's new stepfather, has enrolled Cassie in a boot camp for troubled teens, located in Mexico.Cassie's story is told in chapters alternating between Cassie's life in Peaceful Cove (the boot camp), and the days leading up to her forced enrollment. Cassie discovered that her stepfather was dosing his teenaged psychiatric clients with a dangerous experimental drug, and her discovery led him to send her away.The boot camp is horrific - physical and psychological abuse abounds, and Cassie realizes she has to try and escape soon, before her mind is so altered by the abuse that she's unable to summon the courage.This is a great book for reluctant readers - the reading level is lower than usual, but it's very exciting and suspenseful. I was a bit disappointed by its low level, as the ending came a bit abruptly, but overall, it's a fascinating and thrilling read, Cassie's an admirable character, and I expect it'll make for a great discussion!Recommended.
meghan123 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Shock Point is a book about a girl named Cassie. Cassie's mom recently married Rick. Rick works for a company that works with Socom, a not-yet FDA approved drug that is supposed to help young teenagers to behave better. When Cassie finds out that Socom has caused 3 deaths in her area alone, she tries to find someone that will listen and believe her, because she know her mother won't. When Rick finds out that Cassie knows, he plants Crystal Meth in her room to send her away so Cassie won't get in the way of Socom getting approved. Cassie gets sent off to Peaceful Cove, a retreat far away. There is no way to escape Peacful Cove, and there are harsh rules and some kids have been there for more than 2 years. Now Cassie needs to escape before Socom kills anymore kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
April henrys Girl Stolen<3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I hated books but when i read girl stolen I was amazed and now shock piont is my new favorite book! Keep it up April Henry because I am thristy for more! <3
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this. You will not regret it! The storyline is interesting and original. I read it in one sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, i just cnt get over on how sad tht someone would do something like tht to their own kid & why would someone (dosnt matter how idiodic they are) perscribe illegal drug & still do it after 3 teens are dead cause of it.
Lisa Wicoff More than 1 year ago
This was another great book from April Henry. I also liked her books Girl Lost and Torched. Her books always give me a nee perspective!
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lolbookwormlol More than 1 year ago
This book is high pace and full of suspence. The premis is different and interesring. A great adventure through and through. The ending is not as surprising and different but still a good read!
Mother-Daughter-Book-Club More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year-old Cassie is being kidnapped by two men in a van parked in her driveway. She fights like mad until her mother shows up with a suitcase, letting Cassie know she's being sent off to a school for troubled teens. It seems that Cassie's step-dad, psychiatrist Rick, has found crystal meth in Cassie's room, so he's found a place that will help her turn her life around. But Cassie has never used drugs, and the school she's being sent to in Mexico is more like a prison and less like the tropical spa Cassie's mom thinks it is. Cassie soon finds out there's a slim chance she'll even make it out before she turns 18. Can she find a way to escape and tell the world the secret she discovered about Rick before he sent her away? Shock Point by April Henry opens with an adrenaline rush and doesn't let up until the last page is turned. Henry offers a glimpse into the abuse that's possible when teens are sent out of the country to be reprogrammed by parents who don't really know or don't really care about the means used to accomplish the goal. It's a cautionary tale as well as an adventure story of how one teen fought back.
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CHOLE More than 1 year ago
Hard to explain, but an awesome book........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ . . . . . . . . . . . .
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
When Cassie Streng is abducted by two men in a white van right in front of her own house, she can't at first figure out what's going on. When her mother comes outside and does nothing to stop the men, confusion turns to panic. When her stepfather, Dr. Rick Wheeler, enters the picture, things suddenly become clear. Rick planted drugs in Cassie's room, convinced her mother that she needed more help than they could give her to straighten her out, and is shipping her out to a school/prison in Mexico.

Cassie figures this all out in a few minutes, once she's handcuffed in the back of the van, virtually kidnapped by men who work for Peaceful Cove, and desperate to escape. She knows why this is happening, but she has no way to convince anyone that she's being held against her will for something she didn't do.

Rick Wheeler is a psychiatrist who moved his new family--wife Jackie, stepdaughter Cassie, and soon-to-be-born son away from the town of Minor to Portland. Back in their old town, Rick had a practice that specialized in helping troubled youths. You know the ones--they resist parental authority, smoke, drink, maybe do drugs or have premarital sex. They were the "bad" kids, and Dr. Wheeler used them as guinea pigs for a drug called Socom. Socom's creators billed their new drug, given as an injection, as a breakthrough in adolescent behavior modification. It might be, too, except for the deadly side effects that seem to take place in some of the youths, ending in their deaths.

Cassie found out about all of this when she snooped through her stepfather's home files. She was concerned enough, especially since Rick keeps mentioning to her mother that she herself should be put on Socom, to do some investigating of her own. When she learns that three former students of her old school in Minor died after being on the drug, she enlists the help of her new classmate, Thatcher Hedrick, and the two devise a plan to bring Rick and his deceptions to light with the aid of a Portland newspaper columnist.

Before they can do that, however, Cassie is kidnapped, with no way of letting Thatcher--or anyone else--know that Rick is behind the plot that's taken her out of the country. Now she's far away from home in Mexico, and although she's making some new contacts and friends there, she's worried about what's happening back in Portland.

SHOCK POINT is a great story, full of action, adventure, and mystery. The plot is very believable, especially in this day and age where drugs seem to be the choice of so many people to cure their ills. As Cassie works from Mexico to bring down Rick and the company that produces Socom, Thatcher works from Portland to rescue Cassie and protect the innocents who are still taking the drug--some without their consent.

A highly recommend thriller for both teens and adults!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really good. Cassie, who's only 16 gets sent away to a prison camp/school, for being accused of having drugs when they werent really hers. She was set up by her step-father to get sent to this school. She meets her best friend at school. They eventually run away and tell everyone about how horrible this school really is. They have to clean and sleep in prison-like rooms. I also like how you can hear the point of view of all the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was twisted but at the same time very good. It always kept me guessing. My favorite part is when Tracy shoots Rick with a taser.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book so far it is so..... Crazy but good i like the decribtions i think alot of people would injoy this but i sure do it is very exciting
Guest More than 1 year ago
In case you were wondering, there is a modern master of YA suspense. Her name is April Henry, and her book SHOCK POINT will take you to that place where an evil stepparent can ruin your life and being sent away to school can be more dangerous than you ever imagined. Cassie Streng is your average high school girl living in a new town with a new stepfather, who is a child psychiatrist. But when Cassie discovers that the experimental drug, Socom, he has been prescribing for profit led to the suicide of three teenagers, she becomes his next target. She is abducted from her own driveway and taken across the border to Peaceful Cove, a Mexican boot camp for troubled teens. The rules at Peaceful Cove are only the beginning of the horrors that Cassie faces at this 'school.' As her stepfather works to put the drug on the market, Cassie must find a way to escape Peaceful Cove and let the public know the truth -- before it's too late to save herself and future Socom patients. This book kept my blood pressure up and my muscles ready to run as I felt Cassie's pain and determination. My favorite quote from SHOCK POINT is, 'So it's like Ritalin, Prozac, and a mother's prayers combined?'
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Cassie Streng is abducted by two men in a white van right in front of her own house, she can't at first figure out what's going on. When her mother comes outside and does nothing to stop the men, confusion turns to panic. When her stepfather, Dr. Rick Wheeler, enters the picture, things suddenly become clear. Rick planted drugs in Cassie's room, convinced her mother that she needed more help than they could give her to straighten her out, and is shipping her out to a school/prison in Mexico. Cassie figures this all out in a few minutes, once she's handcuffed in the back of the van, virtually kidnapped by men who work for Peaceful Cove, and desperate to escape. She knows why this is happening, but she has no way to convince anyone that she's being held against her will for something she didn't do. Rick Wheeler is a psychiatrist who moved his new family--wife Jackie, stepdaughter Cassie, and soon-to-be-born son away from the town of Minor to Portland. Back in their old town, Rick had a practice that specialized in helping troubled youths. You know the ones--they resist parental authority, smoke, drink, maybe do drugs or have premarital sex. They were the 'bad' kids, and Dr. Wheeler used them as guinea pigs for a drug called Socom. Socom's creators billed their new drug, given as an injection, as a breakthrough in adolescent behavior modification. It might be, too, except for the deadly side effects that seem to take place in some of the youths, ending in their deaths. Cassie found out about all of this when she snooped through her stepfather's home files. She was concerned enough, especially since Rick keeps mentioning to her mother that she herself should be put on Socom, to do some investigating of her own. When she learns that three former students of her old school in Minor died after being on the drug, she enlists the help of her new classmate, Thatcher Hedrick, and the two devise a plan to bring Rick and his deceptions to light with the aid of a Portland newspaper columnist. Before they can do that, however, Cassie is kidnapped, with no way of letting Thatcher--or anyone else--know that Rick is behind the plot that's taken her out of the country. Now she's far away from home in Mexico, and although she's making some new contacts and friends there, she's worried about what's happening back in Portland. SHOCK POINT is a great story, full of action, adventure, and mystery. The plot is very believable, especially in this day and age where drugs seem to be the choice of so many people to cure their ills. As Cassie works from Mexico to bring down Rick and the company that produces Socom, Thatcher works from Portland to rescue Cassie and protect the innocents who are still taking the drug--some without their consent. A highly recommend thriller for both teens and adults!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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