Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Peter Abrahams' Mystery: REALITY CHECK

Take a summer plunge into mystery writer Peter Abrahams' Reality Check.  Meet 16 year olds: Cody; blue collar, high school quarterback, and Clea; wealthy, class president, assistant editor for the school paper, as they leap off a Colorado cliff into a river, re-emerging in Vermont.  It is the end of the school year and Cody and Clea are anticipating a summer spent together.  However, Clea's father, who is not pleased with their relationship, sends Clea off to Hong Kong for the summer, and then to a boarding school in Vermont.  A month after her arrival in Vermont, Clea goes missing.  Back in Colorado, Cody receives a letter from Clea sent the morning that Clea disappeared.  He immediately packs up his car and drives to Vermont to join the search to find Clea.  Though Cody is not much of a scholar (one wonders if maybe he might be dyslexic?), his instincts and intuition are sharp.  This suspenseful, love story won the 2010 Young Adult Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.  My rating: 3 and a half stars

Bullet Point by Peter Abrahams is on order.  Look for it in the YA area's Fresh Fiction display in July, or request it through the Library's online catalog.

Peter Abrahams website

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