Summer 2011 Kids' Next List
“Blink & Caution begins with two separate storylines, both involving teenagers living on their own in the runaway world of Toronto. Having each left their homes due to traumatic circumstances, they live in dangerous places without the normal structure and limits imposed by a caretaking adult. This unregulated world is the antithesis of true liberty. They are stifled by their freedom and live in a suspended state. Blink & Caution is the story of how their lives become intertwined, and how they provide each other with the fulcrum to climb back into life.”
— Kenny Brechner, Devaney, Doak & Garrett Booksellers, Inc., Farmington, ME
Two street kids get tangled in a plot over their heads - and risk an unexpected connection - in this heart-pounding thriller by Tim Wynne-Jones. (Age 14 and up) Boy, did Blink get off on the wrong floor. All he wanted was to steal some breakfast for his empty belly, but instead he stumbled upon a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an "abducted" CEO, giving Blink a link to his perfect blonde daughter. Now Blink is on the run, but it's OK as long as he's smart enough to stay in the game and keep Captain Panic locked in his hold. Enter a girl named Caution. As in "Caution: Toxic." As in "Caution: Watch Your Step." She's also on the run, from a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a nightmare in her past that won't let her go. When she spies Blink at the train station, Caution can see he's an easy mark. But there's something about this na ve, skinny street punk, whom she only wanted to rob, that tugs at her heart, a heart she thought deserved not to feel. Charged with suspense and intrigue, this taut novel trails two deeply compelling characters as they forge a blackmail scheme that is foolhardy at best, disastrous at worst - along with a fated, tender partnership that will offer them each a rare chance for redemption.
About the Author
Tim Wynne-Jones says of this book "Blink & Caution is a thriller and it's a love story - the first love story I've ever written, really. And it's also a story about following something that grabs you right to the end. It's about making a move to make something bad end - taking that first brave step towards changing your life. Where will it take you? Well, that's the story." Tim Wynne-Jones is an award-winning writer of numerous YA novels, including The Uninvited. He lives in Ontario.
"Blink & Caution is a thrill ride to the end - suspenseful, heart-pounding, and with no mercy for the tenderhearted."
- Rita Williams-Garcia — Quote
"Noir crime suspense that’s terrifying and authentic, and also that rare thing: deeply, intensely moving. Don’t miss reading this one."
- Nancy Werlin — Quote
"Blink & Caution is a thriller and it’s a love story - the first love story I’ve ever written, really. And it’s also a story about following something that grabs you right to the end. It’s about making a move to make something bad end - taking that first brave step towards changing your life. Where will it take you? Well, that’s the story."
- Tim Wynne-Jones — Quote