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Last Chance (Robyn Hunter #1)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  438 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Robyn's scared of dogs—like, really scared. But she agrees to spend her summer working at an animal shelter anyway. (It's a long story.) Robyn soon discovers that many juvenile offenders also volunteer at the shelter—including Nick D'Angelo, a boy from Robyn's past. A boy she hoped to never see again. Nick has a talent for getting into trouble, but after his latest arrest, ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Scholastic Canada
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Nadia Pr
Oct 16, 2014 Nadia Pr rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yaclit-20-books
A mystery about a girl caught in the middle of something she didn't do.Along with a boy who is blamed for everything. She sets out to find if he was wrongly accused,and if he is actually innocent . Norah Micclintock creates a mystery almost impossible to solve.Readers will be caught in the story as she travels to find the right answer.A outstanding book you won't be able to put down.
Shelley Daugherty
I really enjoyed this book! I have always enjoyed the books about someone who is a trouble maker and you have to get to the WHY are the a trouble maker part! This is about a program which is through a animal shelter which takes teens who have been in trouble and turns them into dog handlers. But there is much more to the book than the program.

The main character Robyn has to work at the shelter because of her own run in with the law. But somehow she sees herself above the boys working there beca
Robyn can be bad news for Nick, the daughter of a cop and a lawyer she has a lot a faith in going straight to authorities with her assumptions before really sorting things out.
When she finds herself in custody... she thought a friend would damage a storefront (assuming again) during a animal rights protest and in an effort to stop him broke the window of the store. She gets a hand slap and if she works at a dog shelter she can avoid charges.

On her first day there she meets Nick, a boy who she
abbylee Oqueli
This was a book I bought at the NCTE conference, along with a stack of others that are meant to reach struggling readers with high interest materials at a lower reading level. I had student after student read and want to talk about this one. They all loved it and begged for the whole series to be added to our classroom library. I finally got around to reading it and see why they liked it to much. The plot was simple, but very engaging, the characters were likable and fun to get to know, and maki ...more
Eamonn turtle
Apr 09, 2014 Eamonn turtle rated it really liked it
I thought that this book had a different style then most books. In this first half of the book all that happened is my main character, Robyn got sent to an animal shelter. She had to volunteer because of a horrible accident; she broke a store window. It was very detailed but it wasn't exciting enough for me to really stay interested. I'm really happy I kept reading because after the boring but detailed half was over, it started to get exciting. You get to know thing about the character that you ...more
Jun 05, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
Man, I still have a crush on Nick, despite everything he's done, the decisions he's made, and the stuff he's put Robyn through. He was my original bad boy crush. Nick aside, I love how real these books are. They are gritty and not nice sometimes, but they don't feel like a fictional story. I fully believe these kinds of plots can happen in real life. Also what I like is that they are generic Canadian - I have no idea where they are located, but I know they are not located in America because no A ...more
Jan 02, 2014 Trimble rated it really liked it
This is book one of a great mystery series with a little bit of everything in it to represent the life of most typical (and not so typical) teenagers. The main character, Robyn Hunter, deals with a range of emotions: fear, boredom, frustration, embarrassment-- and there's a hint of a possible romance as the series continues. In the end, Robyn learns that people and situations aren’t always as they seem and that often times, people deserve another chance. Most teenagers will be able to find many ...more
Ms. Yingling
Mar 04, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it
Robyn (Robbie) is in the wrong place at the wrong time during a protest about using animals for testing, and ends up on the wrong side of the law. Since her mother is a lawyer and her father is a retired policeman, she manages to get time volunteering instead of fines or a record... but she has to volunteer at an animal shelter, and she's terrified of dogs after being attacked by one when young. She manages to fit in fairly well, and ends up doing a lot of paperwork, but she has a problem worki ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Award winning young adult author, Norah McClintock, begins a new mystery series with Last Chance. Robyn Hunter, whose father is a former police officer, and mother is defense attorney, has found herself on the wrong side of the law. At an animal rights protest, in attempt to stop her friend from doing the wrong thing, she inadvertently smashes a store window. Though it was clearly an accident and misunderstanding, the storeowner is furious. So she agrees to spend her summer working at an animal ...more
Cela Esqueda
Oct 14, 2011 Cela Esqueda rated it liked it
With a mother for a lawyer and a father who is a retired cop turned private detective, it is inevitable that Robyn seeks to find the truth regardless of the numerous obstacles she faces. In Last Chance, the first in a mystery series, Robyn’s thirst for the truth finds her solving a mystery surrounding a troubled teen from her past. During the first few lines of the story, we learn that Robyn is at the police station and is on the verge of obtaining a criminal record for an act she accidently com ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it
I actually received this book through NetGalley to review ahead of time. The premise behind the story sounded interesting at the time so I thought I would give it a go.
Robyn is the protagonist in this story. She's a nice young lady who was in the wrong place at the wrong time during during a bad prank at a peaceful protest. Her mom and dad are divorced; her mom is the high-powered strict lawyer and her dad is the happy go lucky retired policeman. In exchange for her penance she has to volunteer
Kristi Bernard
Jul 12, 2012 Kristi Bernard rated it it was amazing
On a so called protest against animal testing for various products, Robyn Hunter ends up in jail. Her mom, the attorney, gets her released with the promise she will do volunteer work at a local animal shelter. Of course, this arrangement is better than jail except Robyn has a phobia of dogs. Especially since she was attacked by a German shepherd when she was eight years old. The good thing out of all of this is her obsession, or fear of dogs, has resulted in her knowing lots of facts about them. ...more
Hannah Cobb
Robyn Hunter almost gets arrested over an animal-rights protest gone wrong. The protest was her best friend's idea; she doesn't even like animals. In fact, she's scared of dogs. So when she's given a choice between going to court or putting in community service hours at a local animal shelter, she almost takes her day in court.
Then her mom interferes, and Robyn finds herself face-to-teeth with an enormous dog. She thinks she's a goner for sure until she's rescued by a cute and strangely familiar
Aug 24, 2012 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended for gr. 5-9.

Robyn is volunteering at an animal shelter as community service due to a public disturbance which was really not entirely her fault. There are two problems with this job: first, she has a dog phobia and second, Nick is also volunteering there in a program for juvenile delinquents. Robyn once turned Nick in for a crime and he has never forgiven her. This being a YA novel, Robyn and Nick learn to understand each other better and there is a positive resolution.

Robyn was a ve
Allie Rae
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Rachel Hunter
Feb 15, 2013 Rachel Hunter rated it it was amazing
When Robyn Hunter got in trouble and found out that she had to volunteer in an animal shelter to avoid going to court she was less than excited. It didn't help that she was attacked by a dog as a kid or that she meets someone from her past that she wishes she wouldn't have. Forced to spend time there she realizes that she may have judged people and things to quickly. All this is going on as she trys to uncover the mystery about what really happended to Nick. I loved this book becuase it was intr ...more
Nov 26, 2014 Calvin rated it really liked it
centered around the theme of perspectice, Last Chance truly captured s the essence of what it means to not "judge a book by its cover."
Katherine Kurowski
Feb 01, 2016 Katherine Kurowski rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure
I really liked this book. It's a pleasant read.
Interesting plot, great characters.

Definitely recommend it!
Nikki Burnett
Feb 03, 2014 Nikki Burnett rated it it was amazing
Best book EVER! I love dogs so much! This book was perfect for me. Robyn seems like a really cool person. I'm gonna read it again!
Neill Smith
Jul 31, 2011 Neill Smith rated it really liked it
Robyn is a good kid but when her friends convince her she should attend a protest rally she inadvertently flings a bag of excrement at a shop owner and is charged. Her mother is a lawyer and is extremely distressed - her father, divorced from her mother, is an ex-cop who now does private security, and he thinks it's kind of funny. When she ends up doing community service at an animal shelter she meets a boy that she had given evidence against a few years earlier and thinks she observes him again ...more
I’m a firm believer in getting shelter dogs as companions, so when I saw the book cover for Last Chance by Norah McClintock, it really touched me. Ms. McClintock is a five-time winner of the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Novel, so I knew she had to have some definite writing chops. And she does. Last Chance is Book #1 in the YA Robyn Hunter Mystery series. It’s a story about preconceptions, something we’re all guilty of, and second chances, something every ...more
Mikalah Rucker
Love it !!! It was amazing after i read this i had to read the whole serires!
Oct 17, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it
Read this like a year ago. Good and a quick read.
Rossana Snee
Mar 22, 2013 Rossana Snee rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Kept me turning the pages the whole time. The story is about Robyn who has to volunteer at a dog shelter. She's terrified of dogs because of a previous incident. At the shelter she meets Nick, an apparently bad boy who's in a program called RAD. To me the story is really about not judging a book by its cover and that looks can be deceiving. Overall I really enjoyed this book and the author's writing. I plan to get the next in the series.
This book was written for middle school students. It creates enough suspense and interest for students, as it deals with a troubled teenager who has been guilty of past crimes and a young girl who must prove that this time he is innocent. The plot will appeal to struggling readers, but there are some difficult words that may discourage reading.
Lavabearian (Jessica)
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Kristina Weber
Dec 19, 2011 Kristina Weber rated it it was ok
A little too predictable, but McClintock is a frequent contributor to the high interest/low level genre, so that is to be expected. The characters started to annoy me after a while as they were somewhat one-dimensional. All this aside, I feel that middle school mystery lovers would definitely like it.
-k The Lady Critic
While I liked McClintock's Chloe and Levesque series better (years ago when I originally read them) I think that a lot of MG to YA readers will like this novel and the following books in the series.

I received my copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
Mar 11, 2012 Dolores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always liked Norah McClintock. She is an excellent writer for reluctant readers. "Last Chance" which is #1 in her new Robyn Hunter mystery series is no exception. Likeable characters, a fast-paced story, and a mystery that will keep readers engaged. A good first start.
Caitie Pugh
Nov 10, 2014 Caitie Pugh rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book very much. I truly wanted to like it, but couldn't get passed the first 100 pages. (For me, most of the time, if I can't get past 100, I should stop reading.) Glad that I got this book from the library
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