The Body of Christopher Creed
Genre: Young Adult
Age Range: 12+ (Grade 7+)
Author Carol Plum-Ucci is a master at capturing life’s truths and recording them down on paper in a raw, gritty way that will stun readers. Christopher Creed was the weird kid in the town of Steepleton who often found himself victim to bullies’ wrath. However, one day, the class weirdo disappears without a trace, only leaving an enigmatic email to the school principal. 16-year-old Torey Adams is one among many of the names listed in Creed’s email, a list of those who seem to have “everything.” As the town gossips and speculates whether it was a murder, suicide, or runaway case, Torey searches for the truth and goes deeper into Steepleton’s abysmal chasm of hurt and pain.
Torey and his friends are constantly pushed aside by adults, and issues that need to be dealt with are simply shoved under the bed. Through Torey’s perceptive eyes, readers can see the reasons why people behave the way they do. Everyone in Steepleton has a certain perspective of their neighbors and refuses to see beyond reputation. When tragedy strikes Steepleton, the townspeople jab their fingers at each other, looking for a scapegoat to blame through lies and deception. Readers will be captivated by this must-read mystery and Torey’s clear, insightful narration that demonstrates society’s need of compassion.
Genre : Mystery
Publish @http://www.colapublib.org/teens/reviews/ (County of Los Angeles Public Library)