Thursday, July 3, 2014

Shelf Life [kids]

What We Saw at NightWhat We Saw At Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard, 243 pages.
@SPL:  YA FIC Mitch

Sixteen-year-old Allie and her two best friends, Rob and Juliet, cannot be outside during the day because they suffer life-threatening allergies to sunlight. Instead, they are out at night, looking for adventure on the quiet streets of their town. They take up the dangerous (but thrilling) sport of Parkour, which involves running and scaling tall buildings and other obstacles.

One summer night the three friends are climbing an apartment building when they happen to glance in a window. They are shocked to witness the murder of a young woman. Unfortunately, the murderer also sees them.

Life suddenly becomes very dangerous, especially for Allie who becomes obsessed with investigating what appears to be a series of murders. Is a serial killer responsible?  Allie believes so, and a treacherous game of cat and mouse ensues. Then Juliet disappears.

Mitchard’s mystery thriller is a masterpiece, interwoven with dark undertones and subplots, such as the changing relationship of the three teens.

The end of this gripping story leaves some loose ends because there is a sequel, What We Lost in the Dark.

Jacquelyn Mitchard is also the author of The Deep End of the Ocean and No Time to Say Goodbye.

** Recommended for ages 13 to 16 years.

Identity TheftIdentity Theft by Anna Davies, 250 pages.
@SPL:  YA FIC Davie

Hayley Westin is a serious student – an overachiever, even. Lately she has sacrificed sports, friendships and a social life to work hard at her schoolwork, hoping to attain the prestigious Ainsworth Scholarship.

To keep her online record spotless (an important consideration for Ainsworth applicants), she has kept off social media. Thus, when a Facebook profile under her name pops up - complete with a very provocative photo and some inappropriate remarks, Hayley is both devastated and mystified. 

Her interview for the scholarship is ruined, and as the Facebook updating continues over time, Hayley is determined to find who is responsible for this internet sabotage. Could it be a rival for the scholarship, or someone who dislikes her - or someone she doesn’t even know?

As Hayley searches for answers, the mystery and the developments surrounding her stolen identity become increasingly sinister and even terrifying, ending with a thoroughly unanticipated twist.

Readers of this suspenseful, page-turning novel may also be interested in another title by Anna Davies, Wrecked.

** Recommended for ages 13 to 17 years.
These reviews were published in the Stratford Gazette. Written by Sally Hengeveld, Librarian.

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