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Dooley Takes the Fall (Ryan Dooley #1)

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" White Pine nominee, 2009 Spinetingler Magazine Award Nominee, 2009

Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, 2009"

"A boy maybe twelve years old, on a bike, stopped next to Dooley, looked at the kid sprawled on the pavement and said, "Is he dead?"

"Yeah, I think so," Dooley said. In fact, he was sure of it because there was no air going into or coming out of the lungs o
Paperback, 314 pages
Published March 15th 2008 by Red Deer Press (first published October 1st 2007)
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Dec 17, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
Norah McClintock’s novel entitled Dooley Takes the Fall is definitely a worthy read. After reading Hit and Run and Taken, also by this author, I have to say that Dooley Takes the Fall is my favourite. I enjoy it very much because of the important theme, dynamic characters and the excellent mystery.
The theme of personal growth is a universal theme not only applicable to trouble youths but also for everyone. For example, Dooley used to have a problem with drugs and alcohol. However, when Dooley i
Dan Ten
Apr 21, 2012 Dan Ten rated it really liked it
This story was effectively written in first person through the eyes of Ryan Dooley. He reminds readers of a troublesome teenager as he battles his conviction of murder through this suspense-filled mystery.

I like the way the mystery is written, slowly revealing clues and evidence, engaging reader to continue reading while trying to think of many different possibilities of how to solve the case.
Another aspect that makes the mystery so complex is the way the author describes the characters. Each ch
May 21, 2012 Tszchun rated it really liked it
Dooley Takes the Fall is an excellent story written by Norah McClintock that exhibits mystery and suspense through a teenage boy’s life. This story starts off with a murder case which the main character, Dooley found out. Since he is the first witness, he starts to become the blame for the crime. As he tries to clear himself out of it, more problems are bombarded at him, leading to an intense plot of him struggling and trying to come out of the strangled mess of string he’s been trapped in.
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May 09, 2012 Danyon rated it really liked it
The book ‘Dooley Takes the Fall’ is a fantastic read in which boy meets life. Dooley, the protagonist is faced with unnerving circumstances that would make the ordinary man crumble and fall. Dooley must constantly persevere and use his wits to overcome life’s obstacles and look past all the crap that is thrown at him. The book begins a little bit dull and confusing, but as McClintock, the author builds up the plot, things become increasingly crazier as things are thrown at Dooley left right and ...more
Kyle Chan
Nov 29, 2011 Kyle Chan rated it it was amazing
Dooley Takes the Fall is a very interesting book that has suspense, romance, and mystery all together. Dooley, the protagonist, is being suspected of a crime that he did not commit. He is being accused of killing a boy who jumped off a bridge and fell to his death. All throughout the book, Dooley is being questioned by the police because he has a criminal record. There are also a string of murders happening around his town and many people would like to put the responsibility and blame on Dooley’ ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Jun 05, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was ok
I love Canadian fiction, but Dooley Takes the Fall had some of the worst writing I've ever read. I'll give it two stars because I liked the plot, but it was choppy, had very limited vocabulary and unnecessarily dragged on to the point where it was just boring.
Elizabeth Scott
Dec 28, 2008 Elizabeth Scott rated it it was amazing
Read about it over at Bookshelves of Doom, saw mention of the movie Brick--which I love--and knew I had to get a copy. Started it on December 18th and couldn't stop until the next day, when I finished it and sighed in contentment. One of the best young adult novels I've read in ages.
Jun 08, 2008 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Graham McNamee or Gail Giles
Shelves: mystery
A great mystery about a young man with a past who finds himself caught up in a police investigation when he witnesses a suicide.
Feb 14, 2011 Luissanchez is currently reading it
I have no idea, I was given this book -_- ...
Midnight Anderson
I used to read a lot of Norah McClintock's book in high school. Now that I'm in college I'm just starting to rediscover my love of reading and decided to give this familiar author a good shot.

This book is a mystery novel written from the point of view of our male protagonist, Ryan Dooley.

Dooley is a delinquent who has spent much of his time getting into trouble and numbing his feelings with drugs. Now, after serving his time for a violent crime he's trying his best to live straight and narrow
Richie Partington
Jul 27, 2013 Richie Partington rated it it was amazing
23 May 2008 DOOLEY TAKES THE FALL by Norah McClintock, Red Deer Press, 2008, 314p. ISBN: 978-0-88995-403-8

"Nobody told me there'd be days like these." -- John Lennon

"Dooley was looking down at the kid sprawled on the asphalt path in the ravine when two things happened. First, Dooley's pager vibrated. Dooley knew without checking that it was his uncle trying to reach him. Second, a boy maybe twelve years old, on a bike, stopped next to Dooley, looked at the kid lying on the pavement and said, 'Is
Canadian Children's Book Centre
Ryan Dooley (he prefers being called Dooley), almost 17, is really trying to get back on the straight and narrow after 18 months in a juvenile detention centre. He’s been doing a pretty good job – no drugs or alcohol, going to school and doing all his homework, holding down a dead-end part-time job in a local video store, going to counselling. All in all, he’s been keeping up with the deal that he’s made with his uncle – a tough ex-cop who has taken Dooley in – that he can make a fresh start. Bu ...more
Geoffrey Chan
May 10, 2011 Geoffrey Chan rated it really liked it
Dooley Takes the Fall by Norah McClintock

An element I really liked about this book is the conversations between characters, because they are descriptive, and you can really imagine the emotions coming from them. This really helps me understand the protagonist, Dooley, a lot more, as I can see his choices as them seem logical. I also love the scenes where he talks with the police and detectives, as you can really see how much he hates dealing with the law which really develops the story. The book
Trevor Jurica
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Dec 21, 2012 Valerie111 rated it liked it
Dooley Takes the Fall is a very fascinating book written by Norah McClintock in 2008. It is a realistic novel filled with mystery, suspense, and romance all together. The story is about a teenager/ the protagonist, Ryan Dooley who goes through a trial of events, in the attempt to become a better person. He’s been going to school on a regular basis, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and generally just trying to stay out of trouble. One day, Dooley finished work early and was wandering on a bridge when ...more
May 08, 2012 D'arcy rated it really liked it
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Dec 14, 2012 Supermichael rated it it was ok
The book Dooley Takes the Fall is about the protagonist, Dooley, proves himself innocent from a crime that he didn’t commit. Dooley had a terrible criminal record, and he even went to a jail before. One day, Dooley finished working and was wandering on a bridge. All of a sudden, he found someone lying on the ground and had already been dead. He became the natural suspect on the crime. Everyone doubted him. At the same time, there is that girl called Beth, who is the victim’s brother, came to hi ...more
Byron Lam
Nov 30, 2011 Byron Lam rated it really liked it
The book is all about trouble, the author started of describing Dooley's past times and after being released from jail, Dooley was walking home from the video store. He walked by the dark trail and he saw a guy falling ten feet in front of him. "Is he dead?" the kid asked. "Yeah, I think so." said Dooley. At that moment, Dooley knew he was in trouble...

"Dooley takes the fall" was another amazing novel Ms. McClintock created, she explained the characters in details, She explained the personality
Jenny Ma
Nov 28, 2011 Jenny Ma rated it really liked it
When I read the description on the back cover, a few words immediately caught my eye. “Is he dead?” “Yeah, I think so.” This got me a little interested, but I was still sceptical, since it looked like a pretty
normal book with a fairly ordinary and slightly boring plot. But now
that I have finished reading this book, I have to say that it was
extremely captivating, with an attention-grabbing plot, fascinating characters, and remarkable ideas.

This book talks about a rebellious teen, Dooley, who has
Nov 28, 2011 Jeffii rated it it was amazing
The story is about a teenager, named Ryan Dooley who goes through a trial of events, in the attempt to turn his life around and become a better person. One day Dooley finds himself looking at a dead body, that has just gone off a bridge. He decides to call the police, and soon finds out that the boy had went to his school. The police suspect that Dooley was the person who killed the boy; who was soon identified as Mark Everley; someone that Dooley had known.

The book is full of suspense, mystery
Aug 11, 2011 J added it
I have to say, this is one of the worst books I've read in a long time, although that number will most likely increase as book club has started up again for this year. :P The plot was confusing and poorly executed, not to mention the writing just despicable. Now, I'm no boy, but I have read books written from a male perspective by men, and Dooley just really doesn't seem at all feasible as a boy. The author has him focusing on all the wrong things and was evidently pushing way too hard with all ...more
May 23, 2011 Erica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teen boys who like mysteries, kids who like characters with sketchy past
Recommended to Erica by: Kate Quealy-Gainer
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Feb 10, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok
I received this book from the goodreads first reads program. Honestly I was a bit bored with this book. I liked finding out about Dooley's past but the other characters didn't add a lot to the story. I think this story is supposed to take place in recent years and the protagonist works in a DVD rental store and carries a pager which seemed strange.
Feb 01, 2016 Kazia rated it really liked it
Shelves: conflict, crime
Pretty tense book. Sort of fast pace at times, and sometimes you doubt the main character. I enjoyed it though. Definitely recommend it to those that like so mystery, crime, teenage issues etc.
Jan 21, 2009 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Dooley's just finished doing time for past crimes. He has a second shot at becoming a decent person, with a new slate at a new school. But then he stumbles upon a dead body and despite the magnitude to which he hates cops, he does the right thing and has them called to the scene. Suddenly, Dooley is befriended by the dead guy's bestfriend and hot sister. Dooley soon realizes he's being setup and knows he'll have to think with his mind not his heart, or any other body part. As foul play
Mar 04, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
I was a little reminded of a dark Kevin Brooks mystery while reading this YA novel. Dooley is 17 and trying to turn his life around, but he keeps being accused of things. He lives with his ex-cop uncle, tried to stay away from drugs and alcohol, and tries to keep a quiet profile at school. But then he sees a teenage boy take a dive off the bridge. Was it murder? An accident? Suicide? Beth, the dead kid's sister, is gorgeous and Dooley tries to help her figure out what happened. But since the pol ...more
Jun 12, 2016 Aiyana rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous novel by Norah McClintock!!
Dec 18, 2014 Barbara rated it really liked it
Dooley Takes the Fall by Norah McClintock
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Dooley, a troublesome teenager, seems to have problem continue to follow him . He has been in trouble with the law over drinking and drugs. Dooley has since seen where this is all heading and has straightened up his life. He gets blamed for alot of things since he has been in jail for past things he has done. You wonder if it will be his fault again, you wonder right to the end of the story. Keeps the pages turning!
Feb 06, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-mystery
I think most people who have read this book have likened it to the movie Brick, a comparison that I definitely agree with. This is also an example of excellent pacing. I don't typically notice the pace of a book unless it is really slow or brilliantly structured and this one was the latter. Dooley himself is an intriguing protagonist, with a shady past that might make some readers uncomfortable but also challenges preconceived notions of right and wrong, guilt and innocence. Plus it was just a g ...more
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