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Wanted!

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  2,075 ratings  ·  208 reviews
It all started with a phone call.

In a tense voice, Alice's very rational father suggests that she drive his precious Corvette and meet him. But Alice doesn't have a driver's license. "It doesn't matter!" he yells. Yet he never shows up. Something is very wrong.

Then Alice hears an announcement over the radio. Her father is dead. And someone has already confessed to his murd
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Mass Market Paperback, 230 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Quinlyn
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The term "you can't put it down" does not BEGIN to describe this book. I stayed up reading until 3 am the first day I began reading it. I kept waiting for a boring page, paragraph or sentence...and It was impossible until the book was read all the way through. The main character's dad is murdered...and apparently the killer has confessed via email. The murderer is her. But there's one problem. She didn't do it. She was hiding under the car from a dangerously sounding intruder. She has no where t ...more
Joelle
Jun 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: sophmore-year
I didn’t enjoy this book that much. I thought it was really unrealistic and I didn’t like the way it was written. It’s an adventury book that at times got boring making the book seem longer than it was.
The book is about a girl who is on her way to meet up with her father but instead falls into a horrible trap. Her father ends up getting murdered and as she’s listening to the radio there is an announcement saying that someone confessed to his murder by email. They say it was his daughter, Alice.
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Kristine
May 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is the first book that I've ever read that I have given a one rating that was NOT a DNF.

I actually read the entire thing ( or actually, listened to it) *sigh* I would not recommend that.......

It was so frustrating- I just kept thinking "seriously- are you really that clueless?" About the incredibly stupid things done by the main character Alice. It was just to frustrating to me. Very slow moving and not realistic with a very sappy ending.
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Heather
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was actually good! Unusually for CBC it doesn't contain any supernatural elements at all but it does have a good amount of doubling (classic uncanny stuff) and its strange structure really works. There were moments I thought we were veering into Crash territory but I properly enjoyed this.

I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror.

https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream
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Moon Song
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I remember being in High School and just going into the library whenever I felt to look for a new book. It wasn't of much variety due to limited stock but this book really pointed out among the racks. I decided to read it and give it a chance due to me not liking the crime, and keep you on the edge of your seat type of books. I thought this book will be another one of those cliffhanger type of books that gets lost in the pages BOY! was I wrong....for this being the first time reading Caroline B. ...more
Kate acevedo
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
wanted is a book about a girl that made to meet her father somewhere and when she got there she found out that her dad got killed and they said that if you seen her then they want to take her for questioning because they said that she murder her father. that is when she left and her mother did not know what to do about the problem.
Keri
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book was pretty unrealistic. I guess stranger things have happened in real life but I just couldn't get in to this book enough to really enjoy it. ...more
Adrianna
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Wish the ending was better
Stephanie San Martin
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Franz
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The main character in this book is Alice. The story is about Alice's father being murdered and the murderer is framing Alice. Now everyone thinks Alice is the murderer and everybody is going after her especially the murderer. I think this book is really good because it's really mysterious and the readers don't know who the murderer is yet. ...more
Rants and Bants
This book is very nostalgic for me, both because it's from '97, and because I read it twice in high school. It was one of the few books that really drew me in and kept me going, especially since the plot is fast-paced and takes place in the span of about a day and a half. I like when stories can accomplish a lot in a little amount of time. Most people know Caroline B. Cooney for the Face on the Milk Carton series, but for me this book was a lot better. I haven’t read that many of her books, but ...more
Zhong
Dec 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Wanted
By Caroline B. Cooney.
230 pp. New York, NY.
Scholastic Inc. $5.99.
ISBN: 0-590-98849-2

Alice Robie, a high school sophomore, is suspected for the assassination of her own father. Facing the betrayal of her best friends and mother—who actually believed that ridiculous story—Alice is struggling bravely to find the real murderer, or the rest of her youth will be spent in a prison cell. If you are already a fan of detective stories, Wanted will provide you with the most thrilling adventure. If y
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Emma
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
In the book WANTED by Caroline B. Cooney, the character Alice is being chased by Paul Chem, and when this all started Alice had first gotten a call from her dad, and her dad was telling her to grab a computer disk labeled TWIN and a backup in a fire proof box and meet him at the place where they love to get milk shakes and to take her dads car. This seems really suspicious to Alice because her dad would never tell her to drive his car without a drivers license, because he is overly critical abo ...more
Spencer
2020
This was one of the first books that made me love a good suspense. I was probably about 16 when I read this book for the first time and I remember being so captivated by Alice's plight. Now, as an adult, it doesn't quite have the same pull for me as it once did (mostly because I have read many, many suspense books at this point. Most of which have a better plot line. It also doesn't help that this book has become quite dated over time).

Alice isn't exactly the kind of character that I co
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Ernest
Nov 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in mystery
Recommended to Ernest by: My old english teacher(Ms.Minsky)
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Anthony G
Dec 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
I read the book “Wanted!” by Caroline B. Cooney. The book is about a girl named Alice, got a call from her dad. It ended up turning very bad as she found out her dad was murdered and she was framed for it. Even her mom couldn't deny the evidence they had against her. But Alice was determined to prove she was innocent. She was chased by mall cops and strangers would even help stop her. She got away and called her dad's number but a stranger answered but she recognized the voice but not whos voice ...more
Rajiv
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
I feel like this book had a lot of potential for being a memorable fast paced thriller. The plot itself makes you want to pick it up and find out what happens next. However, after reading it, I felt like that I had wasted my time reading this lackluster thriller.

Firstly, I felt the pacing of the story was a bit haphazard and the storyline had a lot of unwanted information that was not needed. For instance, when Alice meets Paul, do we really need half a page of how she knew another Paul from sch
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Richard Haas III
Apr 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: high-school
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Melisa V
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wanted was a very cool novel! My version is the paperback from 1997 so the yellowed pages and thickness of it made it even more easy to get into the mood.

I must say I enjoyed Caroline Cooney’s novel as much as another Thriller. It was kind of perfect, the arrangement of things and the reasons for other things to happen, it was just perfectly written.

Alice was a good main character but a little slow sometimes. I don’t know if it’s because I’m seeing it from the reader’s point of view but I just
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Molly
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I have read this book about three times now throughout my life. A clever plot, good pacing, nice writing, and a protagonist that’s easy to root for. I particularly like the writing style—it’s clear and concise and gets to the point, but still has just the right amount of description for each scene, setting, etc. The time period over the course of the book is about two days, which may not seem very long at all. But a lot happens in that short span of time, and it helps you get into the character’ ...more
Azaria
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-2017
Wanted is a book about a girl who is on the run after being accused of her father's murder. I found it to be very good, probably because I love mysteries. I also like how it doesn't sugar coat anything. Alice (the main character) seems to make lots of stupid, unnecessary decisions. But when you think about it, she is a fifteen year old girl. She had to find out that her father died through the radio. She also finds out that they have her confession meaning the odds are not in her favor. But on t ...more
Kimberley B Pinzon
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
MS Chain Link Review: I really liked the quick action in this book. Alice gets a phone call from her dad telling her to grab a specific computer disk and to get out the house ASAP. The action starts immediately and never stops, so it's a fast read. She has to avoid everyone she knows when her father's murder is announced on the radio and she is blamed for it. She ends up hiding out on a college campus and pretending to be a college student even though she is only fifteen. Both the cops and the r ...more
nadiaorsoitseems
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book in elementary-middle school during a flight to Fort Lauderdale. Maybe it was my adolescent brain, the fact that I read it cover to cover in one sitting, or maybe it was the scent of vacation still left on the pages... But I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I even recall writing a journal entry about it. It resides at the first stop on the path to my love of crime novels.

I can't say if this book has aged well or if the drama of the nineties is still relatable in our current world.
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Faith Monroe
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was AMAZING! I loved how there was a mystery throughout the entire story. It's not one of those stories where you automatically know who the killer is. This story is a real mystery that takes the entire book to find out. There were some moments when I had to read over the page again because I just couldn't believe it! The action starts right from the very first page so you are never bored. I would recommend this book to any one who likes a good mystery. ...more
Hope
There's just something about Caroline Cooney's writing style that sucks me in every time...

Granted, there's a lot of running around in blind panic going on here, but I could feel Alice's distress clearly, which kept me turning the pages. She acted just like a teenager- including freaking out and making dumb choices, which might annoy some readers but I found it refreshing.
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Susan Forsgren
Nov 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: slmta
Cooney is an amazing storyteller.
She keeps you guessing until the end.
This book will capture any mystery lover from the very first page until the last page.
They will not want to put it down until they find out what happened.
Heather Munz
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great suspense books for young readers. It catches your attention in the first couple pages, and you have to know what happens. I read it in 6th grade and have saved it for years for my kids. My 5 th grade daughter liked it had well.
Charly Troff (ReaderTurnedWriter)
I loved this book when I read it in high school. The mystery and suspense were fun and the idea of having to go into hiding as a high schooler was interesting.
Gospeldavid
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book... Began reading this book 2011 but couldn't finish it due to stuffs and since then I been looking for it but never found it.. I'm so happy I saw it here tho
Great write up
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Maggie Buckley
Fast Read!

I read this in under two hours. Book is very fast-paced! I did figure out the killer before it was revealed, but I enjoyed this quick read.
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Caroline Cooney knew in sixth grade that she wanted to be a writer when "the best teacher I ever had in my life" made writing her main focus. "He used to rip off covers from The New Yorker and pass them around and make us write a short story on whichever cover we got. I started writing then and never stopped!"
When her children were young, Caroline started writing books for young people -- with rem
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