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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (Aug. 14 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780763656973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763656973
  • ASIN: 0763656976
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.4 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

About the Author

Tim Wynne-Jones is an award-winning writer of numerous YA novels, including The Uninvited. He lives in Ontario.

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Format: Hardcover
BLINK & CAUTION is the tale of two streets kids. Brent (Blink) and Kitty (Caution) both have back stories that have them on the run. When their paths cross, they work together to overcome the odds against them.

Blink was simply looking for a free breakfast when he took the elevator to the sixteenth floor of the hotel. It looked like there would be easy pickings from the half-eaten remains left on trays set outside the rooms. When he actually enters a room to investigate some odd behavior displayed by the exiting guests, he realizes he has witnessed a possible kidnapping. Once inside the room, Blink discovers a wallet filled with cash and a cell phone that reveals the kidnapped may not be the victim he assumed.

Having some ready cash is a welcome surprise, but the more Blink learns about the situation, the more nervous he becomes. His nerves prompt him to check out the cell phone more carefully. He actually contacts the "kidnap" victim's daughter in an attempt to reassure her that her father has not been harmed. That contact is one Blink soon comes to regret.

Caution has been living on the street and, more recently, with a drug dealer named Merlin. Attempting to run from a tragedy from her past, Caution is fully aware that she harbors a death wish, but at the same time she looks at death as an easy escape from the much harsher punishment that her guilt insists she deserves.

Caution is on the run after a fight with Merlin that ended in her discovery of his drug money stash. She can't believe they've been practically starving to death when he has had thousands of dollars hidden away. Anger and fear motivate Caution to grab the money and run.

Fate works to bring Blink and Caution together in the train station.
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By Voyageur on July 17 2011
Format: Hardcover
It is not often that I read gritty realism like this, but I found the characters and the storyline engaging. The style of the writing was what appealed to me the most and has turned me into a want to read more Wynne-Jones fan. The description, use of literary devices and the end note had a powerful impact. It is not a book for the faint of heart or for those who may not want to read street kid stuff and the issues of family, but it was hard to put down and definitely a read that leaves a lasting impression.
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By Victoria Pasquini on April 20 2015
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Fantastic novel, great morals and lovable characters!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fast-paced and Addicting! March 20 2011
By Lauren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After I read Tim Wynne- Jones' The Uninvited a couple of years ago, I've been looking forward to reading more by him, so when Blink & Caution landed on my radar, I jumped at the first chance I got to read it. Luckily enough, Blink & Caution is a thrilling and suspenseful novel about two teen runaways and the challenges they face.

Blink and Caution have both been living the hard life for the past year. For Blink that means roughing it on the streets, looking for the next way to get a quick, free meal and a place to stay, because after everything that happened at his home, he knows he's never going back. On the other side of town, Caution has been living with her sleazy, controlling, and drug dealing boyfriend, hoping that one day, she'll face enough pain to forget what happened when she was fifteen, the year she ran away from everyone and everything. Though, one day everything changes, Caution leaves her boyfriend once and for all, and Blink stumbles into a fake kidnapping. Now on the run, both of them are soon to find that there's even more surprises in store for them- one that may even land them in each others arms.

One of the most rewarding aspects in this novel was the rich and likable characters Tim had in Caution and Blink. Both are characters that you can't help but root for, especially when you find out about all the pain and suffering they've faced in the past. With that, I liked them even better when they finally found in each other in the story, because with each other, they discover a lot about themselves and each other and gain courage to speak up for themselves. Also, the adventures they have are priceless.

Adding to this, I loved the plot. I thought Tim did a great job of accurately describing the lives of two runaway teens, and what I liked even more was that he never sugar coated anything, instead he gave you a honest view about two very different teens. Further more, the way he tied in the fake-kidnapping mystery worked perfectly not only in the way it brought together they characters but it forever left the reader guessing about what would happen, especially within those last few chapters.

The only aspect of this novel I wasn't two found of was the way Tim brought you Blink and Caution's story. You see, while Caution's part is told in third person, Blink's is told in second person, and I found that to be a little odd and hard to into at times.

Lastly, at the core of this novel, Tim Wynne-Jones provokes some interesting questions and ideas, ones that I'm sure will lead to many conversations off page.

In all, Blink & Caution is an honest and addicting portrayal of two very different teens and the accidents that tie them together. Highly recommended.

Grade: B+
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An OK YA Thriller June 2 2012
By Nicola Mansfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: I've always wanted to read this Canadian author but I've never got around to it. I just recently heard he'd been awarded the Order of Canada and thought it was time I read him and had this book on hand.

A fairly decent book, not really my usual thing as it deals with two runaway teens. One from a dysfunctional family, the other running from a life-changing event that is easy to guess, revealed too soon and would have been a better plot point if it had been kept as a secret to shock later in the book. The plot is quite interesting and the teens are well developed, both, though having problems, are likable from the beginning and the reader is invested in their well being. A tight crime thriller for this age group that mainly keeps the plot together though their are a few holes. I especially wondered why Alyson, as a character was left dangling. The thing that most annoyed me about this book though was that part of it is written in the second person. Chapters alternate between Blink & Caution's stories. Caution's tale is told in the third person, but Blink's is in the second person. The continual referral to you are doing this and you are thinking that was extremely annoying to me and I kept wondering *who* was talking to Blink and telling him/us his story. It is never explained and I, personally, do not like the literary device at all. However, a decent YA thriller. I will try another of the author's books ,having one more on my shelves, but I am in no rush.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Courtesy of Teens Read Too Aug. 5 2011
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
BLINK & CAUTION is the tale of two streets kids. Brent (Blink) and Kitty (Caution) both have back stories that have them on the run. When their paths cross, they work together to overcome the odds against them.

Blink was simply looking for a free breakfast when he took the elevator to the sixteenth floor of the hotel. It looked like there would be easy pickings from the half-eaten remains left on trays set outside the rooms. When he actually enters a room to investigate some odd behavior displayed by the exiting guests, he realizes he has witnessed a possible kidnapping. Once inside the room, Blink discovers a wallet filled with cash and a cell phone that reveals the kidnapped may not be the victim he assumed.

Having some ready cash is a welcome surprise, but the more Blink learns about the situation, the more nervous he becomes. His nerves prompt him to check out the cell phone more carefully. He actually contacts the "kidnap" victim's daughter in an attempt to reassure her that her father has not been harmed. That contact is one Blink soon comes to regret.

Caution has been living on the street and, more recently, with a drug dealer named Merlin. Attempting to run from a tragedy from her past, Caution is fully aware that she harbors a death wish, but at the same time she looks at death as an easy escape from the much harsher punishment that her guilt insists she deserves.

Caution is on the run after a fight with Merlin that ended in her discovery of his drug money stash. She can't believe they've been practically starving to death when he has had thousands of dollars hidden away. Anger and fear motivate Caution to grab the money and run.

Fate works to bring Blink and Caution together in the train station. After a bumpy first meeting, the two join forces to help each other. Caution provides the street smarts lacking in the naive Blink, and he supplies the funds to sustain their cause. As time passes, the two begin to trust one another with secrets as well as friendship.

Award-winning author Tim Wynne-Jones takes readers on an adventure with two young people living by their wits as they try to survive, and at the same time right a wrong. It is a story with twists and turns and definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
riveting and original Oct. 26 2011
By K. N. Tipper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Tim Wynne-Jones delivers a fantastic and complex tale that blends and then merges the adventures of two very different, but equally damaged teen protagonists. The characters are fully realized, and the plot moves at a breath-taking and engaging pace. I really loved this book!
Courtesy of The Figment Review at Figment[dot]com May 22 2011
By The Figment Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
by Laura Forsythe

Sometimes, really liking a book can be worrisome. I worry because the book introduces me to new (imaginary) people, and I'm glad to have met them, but I don't know what's going to happen when I try to introduce them to my friends.

In Blink & Caution, I've just met these two kids who've been bumming around, a little down on their luck in downtown Toronto. One of them (the one with the eponymous Blinking tic) was just trying to swipe some gently used breakfast at the Plaza Regent hotel when he got himself mixed up in a major political-environmental scandal. The other one (code name Caution) has, by her own report, done pretty much every bad thing a kid her age could do, and she isn't likely to stop until one of these things succeeds in ending her. These aren't the kinds of friends one sets out to make, but once I opened the book there wasn't much choice but to care that they be okay and watch the avalanche of reasons it seems they won't be come tumbling down.

Friends, I can understand how you might not be immediately on board with befriending this pair, but they're not bad kids, really. They're just a little (okay, profoundly) lost.

Wynne-Jones wrote something about getting lost in the September/October 2002 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: "It is important to learn how to play at writing. To wander off the path. To get lost. Getting lost is something teachers might wish certain students would do, but the teachers are seldom prepared, pedagogically, to assist them in the process." Who knows if Blink and Caution were even a twinkle in their author's eyes when he wrote those words -- but they strike me as relevant to the journey of the book. When the novel begins, both Blink and Caution have long since elected to become lost to their respective families. Having become lost, they are perceived by the world either as irrelevant, threatening, or easy targets...or as threats who will be easy to squelch into irrelevancy.

There's a scene where Blink is trying to piece together the full magnitude of the crime in which he's implicated himself when the narrative voice observes: "If this were history class, you'd have given up by now. You'd be like an autumn fly on a hot windowsill, on your back, buzzing and kicking your last. But there is something about stolen knowledge that tastes different. No one is trying to spoon-feed you this stuff. It's complicated, but there isn't going to be a test. Well, not that kind of a test. Stick with it, Blink. See what you can make of it."

What I'm trying to tell you is this: don't assume you won't be into Blink & Caution. Don't assume you won't be into its combination of second and third person narration in the present tense or its esoteric Canadian environmental thingy or its teenagers carrying around big fat buckets of heavy life sorrow stuff. That's all part of Blink & Caution, but it doesn't read like a pretentious experiment in form, or a social studies textbook, or a sloppy sob story. It reads as though a guy who knew what he was doing but not where he was going sat down to write these two scuffed up kids into a world full of troubles and then watched to see just how lost they could get. He diligently recorded all the impossible things that somehow happened to them and the inevitable things that somehow didn't, and he wove it all snug into this thing that is just the right size -- vast enough to cover the landscape and small enough to curl into and hide. And when he knew that everything was going to be okay, that finally there was something really good for these kids to find, he said, "Here is a book. I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful."

And I think you will.


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