Category Archives: mystery

The Art of Secrets

James Klise, April 2014.  Sophomore tennis player Saba Khan is devastated when a fire destroys her family’s West Rogers Park apartment.   Saba goes to private school, and the other students and their families rally around her, offering their help … Continue reading

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The Way You Say My Name

Sara Bell, June 2009. This book contains the following: a gunpoint confession a nasty eulogy a sassy old lady with a shotgun a dead teenager who (a) writes a will and (b) in it, actually leaves someone a key to … Continue reading

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Androgynous Murder House Party

Steven Rigolosi, 2009.  The gimmick here is that the six main characters in the book – one of whom is murdered early on while the other five try to figure it out – aren’t identified by gender or sexuality.  Their … Continue reading

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Angry Management

Chris Crutcher, 2009.  These three novellas are linked by an unnecessary framing device: the main characters in each are attending the same anger management class, and the counselor provides a little bit of commentary and a data sheet on each of … Continue reading

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Liar

Justine Larbalestier, September 2009.  Micah is a compulsive liar, which she admits right away, so how can we believe anything she says? She swears she will tell the truth in the book, though, and she promises this in a very … Continue reading

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The Vast Fields of Ordinary

Nick Burd, May 2009. As the story opens, Dade is quasi-dating (it’s really just sex) a jerk named Pablo, who’s known as the Sexican because of his exploits with women, not men.  He’s so far in the closet he lets … Continue reading

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Black Rabbit Summer

Kevin Brooks, 2008.  Pete is surprised when Nicole, his old girlfriend and member of his high-school clique, calls him and wants the gang to meet up again at a carnival.  Pete hasn’t seen much of the clique for a while, with … Continue reading

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Absolute Brightness

James Lecesne, February 2008. When Phoebe’s cousin comes to stay with her family in the small town of Neptune, New Jersey, she’s embarrassed by his flamboyance. Leonard is only thirteen, but he’s pretty obviously gay, and not just gay but … Continue reading

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