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category: Children's Fiction
published: Jan 2019
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Tick Tock Terror

by Melanie Jackson

tagged: mysteries & detective stories, extreme sports

Conor loves to climb. So when the crusty old manager of a thrill ride based on Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" challenges Conor to scale the ride in the dark of night and hide a package at the top, he foolishly accepts. But it isn't long before he realizes that he is now involved in something far more dangerous. What is in the package, and what does it have to do with Edgar Allan Poe? And why is the town bully so terrified of the old man? The more Conor learns, the deeper in trouble he gets.

About the Author

Melanie Jackson

A 2018 CCBC-TD Book Week author, Melanie Jackson has written several books for young readers in the Orca Currents series, including Tick Tock Terror, Medusa's Scream and Death Drop. Every spring Melanie teaches a mystery unit at a Vancouver secondary school. When not devising diabolical mysteries, she works for corporate clients as a contract writer/editor. Melanie lives in Vancouver.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 12
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Editorial Reviews

“Will allow a young reader to get through it rapidly. The Poe references are entertaining…its simplicity fits, and the exposure to a literary legend such as Poe should prove beneficial and spark important conversations.”

— Resource Links

“Excitement and fear are the backbone of this story…The content will definitely hold the interest of teenagers…Perfect for reluctant readers or students reading below grade level.”

— Must Read Literature: K thru YA

&quotA short entertaining novel aimed at middle grade reluctant readers. It has a lot to recommend it…I quite enjoyed it.&quot

— The Haunted Reading Room blog

"Jackson’s gripping, first-person, plot-driven novel ask readers to consider self-confidence vs. over-active ego; right vs. wrong…A suspenseful addition to high-low collections. "

— Booklist

"Appeal to a variety of readers, including readers of human interest, mystery, adventure and realistic fiction…In addition to being an excellent class novel for individual reading or as a read-aloud for the intended audience, would be an excellent addition for personal, class, school and public libraries. Highly Recommended."

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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