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by Kevin Brooks

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Young Adult

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Brooks pens a twisted and compelling mystery, although a rushed and lacking ending may disappoint. Pete is a likable and believable protagonist -- no easy feat when writing a take-off on a teen detective story. This is a good summer read to be enjoyed and pondered.

Pete is spending a boring last summer at home when old love Nicole calls to arrange one last hurrah with the gang. Pete brings along Raymond, a quiet boy who's misunderstood by everyone but Pete. As they
all arrive at the fair things get weird, thanks to some pre-partying. Pete's struggling to keep it together when Raymond disappears.

In the days that follow Pete searches for his friend and deals with vicious bullies, layers of secrets and an also-missing town starlet. Is anything what it seems? (CHICKENHOUSE, Jul., 496 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780545057523, HC, 12 and Up)

Reviewed By: Marie Bongiorno

Publisher: ChickenHouse

Published: July 2008

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