Book Review : Following Christopher Creed

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Carol Plum-Ucci
Ages 12+

This is one of those rare instances where the sequel lives up to the standard of the first book. Written by Carol Plum-Ucci, Following Christopher Creed tells the story of what happens four years after the events in The Body of Christopher Creed, in which the weird kid in the town of Steepleton suddenly disappeared without a trace. Now, Mike Mavic, a budding journalist, visits the town after hearing about the recent discovery of a dead body. He hopes to write a story on whatever happened to Christopher Creed. However he gets much more than he bargained for as he runs into the town’s inhabitants, who still house the same streak of cruelty as they did four years ago.

As Mike digs deeper into the town’s unsolved mysteries, he realizes the town is suffering from being the center of what he calls “bad frequency.” The last book left readers on what seemed to be a cold case, and this novel provides most of the answers in the tricky narration, a style unique to Plum-Ucci. The clues are so subtly hidden in coincidences here and there, skillfully weaved in—never sidetracking the reader. It is an interesting different perspective on the beloved characters from the first book. Fans of Christopher Creed will appreciate the compelling plot and the author’s honesty in the truth about human nature in this hard-to-put-down sequel.

Genre: Mystery, Realistic Fiction

First Published @http://www.colapublib.org/teens/reviews/

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

Posted on April 14, 2014, in Books Review. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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