Under Threat

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Franny is close to her parents, adores her horse and is head over heels in love with her girlfriend, Leah. But Franny’s parents are abortion providers at the local hospital, and an anonymous stranger is prepared to do whatever it takes to stop them. A stranger who phones at all hours. Who knows where they live. Who knows Franny’s name. When Leah’s older brother, Jake, refers to her parents as baby killers, Franny starts to wonder if perhaps the threats aren’t coming from a stranger at all. If she tells the police about her suspicions, she could lose her girlfriend. But if she doesn’t—and if she’s right—she could lose her parents.


Awards and Honors

2017 Rainbow list (ALA)



(Starred review) “Out of the mouths of teens come a most succinct and unabashed argument for reproductive rights….Though the author offers such openly pro-abortion and pro-gay stances throughout the book, she doesn’t preach to readers but allows the conversations to organically arise in familiar circumstances, such as a lovers’ quarrel or a family discussing the meaning of safety… a smart, realistic, fast-paced piece of fiction for teens.” (Kirkus, January 9, 2016)

“If you’re looking for a book that tackles the issue of abortion rights head on, this is it. In fact, I can’t think of any other book that addresses abortion even close to the way this book does… Part of the Orca Soundings series, this high interest book is a quick but extremely captivating read. I wanted to cheer for some of the great, smart, and bold things that Franny says. This is a well-written and unparalleled look at a highly charged topic.” (School Library Journal- Teen Librarian Toolbox, March 2016)
(4/4 stars) “Under Threat is part of the ‘Orca Sounding’ series and will appeal to the series’ intended readers as well as a broader audience. The characters are well-drawn, and the story moves quickly with unseen twist and turns, making it an exciting read. The author’s treatment of both gay relationships and doctors who perform abortions is really well-handled. For some readers, this may be the first time they have read about either topic in a fictional setting. Stevenson has done an excellent job as she brings opposing viewpoints to light, allowing readers to make their own decisions. Highly recommended.” (Canadian Materials, March 2016)

“…an immersive blend of high-stakes mystery and frank discussions about reproductive rights… Stevenson skillfully interweaves multiple viewpoints on the issues raised, true-to-life dialogue, and an escalating sense of tension as she explores the psychological stress Franny is under and the toll it takes on her romantic and familial relationships.” (Publishers Weekly, March 2016)