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Wolf Rider

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  1,050 Ratings  ·  152 Reviews
On an ordinary evening, just as he's about to leave for a party, 15-year-old Andy Zadinski receives a phone call from a stranger that changes his life. The caller, Zeke, confesses to the murder of a young woman named Nina Klemmer. Andy immediately calls the police, who shrug it off as a gag or a crank call. But Andy persists when he happens to meet Nina, who is just as ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 31st 1993 by Simon Pulse (first published October 1st 1986)
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After the phone rings and someone tell you that they killed someone how do you respond? Well, Andy Zadinski talks this guy through it. When Andy tries to tell the police, his dad, and his friends, no one believes him. Andy is the only one that is convinced that the caller is serious so he does some research on the girl he “killed”, Nina Klemmer. Once he realizes that Nina is still alive, he tells her that she is in great danger. Nina thinks that Andy is joking and refuses to believe him. He ...more
Jun 06, 2015 Colby rated it it was amazing
Experience The
Dec 10, 2013 Experience The rated it liked it
I thought this book was very interesting, with new and intriguing characters that added both suspense and drama to both the character and his/her internal emotions. The plot to me was fair, not horrible but also not the very best it could be. The story starts off clean, with little to no delays. It also sets the protagonists main obstacle in the story, along with his goal. Some aspects of the story were characters and setting.
The characters in the book set the stage for many twists and turns,
Lisa Rathbun
Aug 11, 2011 Lisa Rathbun rated it did not like it
Didn't really like it. The premise had potential: boy receives a call from a stranger saying he'd killed someone. What should the boy do? As the story progresses, the boy keeps trying reasonable things like talking to his father and to the police but no one believes him. Being falsely accused and misunderstood forces him into more reckless behavior.

The story is realistic in a way; a young person could imagine being in just that very situation and feeling without options. Discussion topics could
May 20, 2009 Philip rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I thought this was a pretty good YA mystery. It was a very fast read, probably the fastest that my kids have to read.

Summary: Kid gets phone call from crackpot saying he killed someone.
Kid tells authorities, but none take him seriously.
Kid is forced to take matters into his own hands while others think he is crying wolf.

I was afraid it was going to go all Arlington Road on me, and if it did, I was going to be relatively peeved...
Oct 21, 2013 Vanely rated it it was amazing
This book was the greatest book I ever read. It was suspenseful and I couldn't stop reading it.
Apr 08, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This was a great book, it was breathtaking i wish there was a second one. :)
Andrew Stubing
Dec 04, 2013 Andrew Stubing rated it really liked it
It was a dark and stormy night :) A boy named Andrew or Andy was called by some random person named "Zeke". Zeke tells Andrew that he has killed someone by the name of "Nina". As Andrew heres what this whole conflict is all raging about, he decides to call the police, and tell them what everything has happened. Majority of the police officers think this is some kind of joke, but Andy thinks differently. Andy later tells his father about this whole situation and he believes it's totally bogus. ...more
Corey Schmidt
I read the book “Wolf Rider A tale of Terror.” It was written by Avi. It was a book about a boy, named Andy, who gets a phone call in the middle of the night by a man named Zeke. Zeke told him that the had just killed a girl named Nina. Andy has his friend call the police to try and trace the call. The police just laugh at them and think he’s playing a prank or someone prank called them. Andy is really concerned about the girl and investigates it to try and figure out who Nina is and who Zeke ...more
Brian Hart
Dec 02, 2013 Brian Hart rated it really liked it
The whole book Wolf Rider is based on one phone call. Andy gets a call from Zeke who says he "killed" Nina. Andy told the police, his friends and his dad about the phone call and murder, but nobody believed him. They told him it was a joke and to leave it alone. The author continually talked about how nobody believed him all throughout the story. I believe one of the themes of this book is to never give up in what you believe in and be persistent. Andy gets frustrated because he was not being ...more
Omar Aden
Jun 05, 2007 Omar Aden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every one

don't you hate every time when you are telling a truth, and no one is beleiving you, well that is basically what happens to andy the charecter of this book. "Wolf Rider" by Avi is great fiction book about this young boy who suffers throw life in every possible way, but like any others books there is happy ending. This 13 year old kid goes from losing his mother to being untrusted boy. the climax of the book is when andy receives this unsual phone call from this man who calls him self Sack. sack
Feb 27, 2008 Jane rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teens who like realistic psychological tales
Avi is amazing. He will not be pigeonholed into a type or style of writing. This is a psychological tale in which a young teen boy receives an chilling phone call from a very evil man who will claims he has killed a young woman college student. Andy Zadinski learns that the young woman Nina is not dead but definitely in danger. He becomes obsessed with protecting Nina when no adults in authority believe the young woman is in danger. He is assumed to be "Crying Wolf". The tale culminates in a ...more
Mackenzi Knoll
Jun 13, 2011 Mackenzi Knoll rated it it was amazing
Wolf Rider is an amazing story about a boy who gets an odd phone call from a mysterious person, who is actually a killer. The boy gets numerous calls from the killer, and says he has killed someone, and tells him the girl's name that he had killed. The boy keeps wondering about the killer, and finds out the girl who was "killed" is actually alive, and is a student at a college his father works at. He goes to the college and find the girl, and tries to talk to her over and over again, but when ...more
David T
Jun 14, 2007 David T rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Avi's exilerating novel, will keep you constantly curious. On the travel home from school I would be forced by the book to pry it open and flip pages whether or not I felt up to read. This mind boggling novel starts out where a boy answers his phone and is explained by a stranger that he (the stranger) has just murdered someone. When the boy explains his story and noone believes him he takes the investigation into his own hands. After finding out the girl is not murdered ...yet and lives rather ...more
Apr 20, 2009 Sophia rated it it was amazing
well the first time i picked up this book i think the book talks about child book "Cry Wolf" but i started to read this book i couldn't get my hands off of this book. I personally loves Thriller genre. I think it is freaky when the stranger called the protagonist that he killed someone but he didn't believe him. Later he researched about the girl, the stranger mention on the phone. But he found out she is still alive. But She, Nina is actually the target of the stranger.
Amanda Trost
Mar 31, 2010 Amanda Trost rated it liked it
When Alex answered the phone, the man on the other line reveled what would become a plot for murder, but when Alex tried to tell authorities and his dad, no one believed him. Although Alex's actions are a little far fetched, the adults' reactions are very believable, and the climax of the story is intense.
Jan 31, 2009 Ariana added it
Once again Avi writes something good.. gosh!
Oct 30, 2013 Josiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a surprising and welcome treat from 2003 Newbery Medal winner Avi. I've read good books by the author in a variety of genres, from historical fiction to school comedy to quirky fantasy and beyond, and I've read a few that rose well beyond "good". Crispin: The Cross of Lead is a well-built piece of historical literature, and so is The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, which did everything possible to deserve the silver Newbery emblem one can find emblazoned on its cover. I hadn't foun ...more
Feb 02, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it
this book is so good i can't put it down!
Oct 27, 2016 Morgan rated it it was ok
This one was really disappointing for me. For a mystery, it really wasn't that thrilling or intriguing for me. I had high hopes, but it just fell a bit short.

Andy was a little naive, I kept thinking why are you antagonizing this potential killer and going by yourself to meet him? I get that he wanted to make sure he had the right guy and wanted to to protect Nina, but I kept thinking Nina was going to get killed BECAUSE of all the interfering Andy was doing, or Andy was going to get killed in th
Star Tyson
Oct 29, 2016 Star Tyson rated it liked it
It was an ok book. There was a big build up, but did not like the ending.
Taylor Brueckner
Dec 04, 2013 Taylor Brueckner rated it really liked it
It was a regular night and the main character, Andy gets a annonymous call before his father gets home from work from someone who claims his name is Zeke and Andy stays on the phone with Zeke and Zeke says he has murdered a girl by the name of Nina Klemmer. Andy starts to get worried and writes down the things Zeke is saying, when Andy gets off the phone with Zeke he calls the police and the police think its just a prank call. Andy then tells his father and his father insists that it is one of ...more
Cierra Creer
Apr 24, 2012 Cierra Creer rated it it was amazing
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Suspense; the only word I could possibly use to vaguely describe Avi’s Wolf Rider. As I say often, I do not like reading but it was just my luck that I found a good read that was quite enjoyable. Out of all 224 pages, Wolf Rider just seemed to become more intriguing turn by turn. Avi just so happens to be my favorite writer too, so I was not surprised that this mystery book kept my attention. Especially through Wolf Rider’s plot, theme, and characterizat
Isela Alcantar
May 19, 2016 Isela Alcantar rated it really liked it
Wolf Rider
The book Wolf Rider takes place in Madison, Connecticut in the year 1981. The main character in the book is Andy Zadinski. In the story Wolf Rider, Andy encounters many conflicts. The main conflict that andy encounters is a strange man, named Zeke, wishes to kill a gorgeous girl called Nina Klemmer. The author who wrote the book is Avi. He has also written books like The Devil’s Race, Something Upstairs, The Good Dog, Don’t Know There’s a War On?, The Man Who Was Poe, and Crispin the
Jan 27, 2014 Kara rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2014
I'm not sure what to think of this book. I know it was meant for a younger audience, so I feel I must give it some leeway.

I'm not convinced that most of what happened wasn't just coming out of Andy's own mind. (view spoiler)
Ruben Botello
Apr 09, 2015 Ruben Botello rated it really liked it
You ever had a mystery that you couldn't solve that made you go nuts? Well this is a book for you it has to do with a lot thinking and a lot of help to solve this. The genre is realistic fiction because it deals with real life situations. In my opinon this book is sort of great because it never loses interest.

This book takes place in Andy's house in the olden days because there were operators at that time where he receives a mysterious call from a unknown number. When he picks the phone he rece
Leonel De
Jan 13, 2011 Leonel De rated it liked it
I choosed this book because the name caught my attention. I though it might be of adventure or monsters or crime, because the book has the word "wolf" on it's name. I had never read another book of the same author "Avi". Maybe I would choose to read another book from this author. And also choose because the teachers tolo me to pick a book to read.

This book is book is mistery because has parts where the story give you some clues while you read it and has action in it. Talks about a murderer that
Ryan Digiuseppe
Dec 03, 2013 Ryan Digiuseppe rated it liked it
I thought that book the Wolf Rider was a pretty good book for the most part. the book had a lot of thinking for the reader to what was going to happen next. Avi did a very good job of getting me into this book because I'm not to into books until i read this book. Avi i think made the book very interesting by the twists and turns that she/he did.

The charactors in the Wolf Rider are Adam the main character, Nina the girl that was supositivly dead, Zeke the killer, and Jake Adams friend. the char
Amanda Davis
Nov 29, 2013 Amanda Davis rated it liked it
I did not enjoy reading Wolf Rider by Avi I felt the book did not keep me on the edge of my seats like most mysteries but actually made me want to put it down. The author really didn’t create suspense throughout the book that makes you want to keep reading but rather had most question that you did have. Such as who is Zeke be answered in the next twenty or so pages. One big question that I think most people had why reading the book will is why zeke would want to kill Nina. That question was ...more
Gabe William Mcgarry
Nov 30, 2013 Gabe William Mcgarry rated it really liked it
Do you like suspenseful, nerve wracking, mysteries? If so, then Wolf Rider by Avi would be a great pick for you. The story is about a 15 year old boy named Andy Zadinski who gets a phone call from a sociopath, who goes by the name of Zeke. Andy's mother died a few years ago, so he lives with his dad in an apartment in Madison County. His father, Mr. Zadinski is a professor at Madison County College.

Andy and his friend Patrick come home from school one day, They walked back to Andy's apartment.
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Avi is a pen name for Edward Irving Wortis, but he says, "The fact is, Avi is the only name I use." Born in 1937, Avi has created many fictional favorites such as The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth, and the Crispin series. His work is popular among readers young and old.
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