BLACK RABBIT SUMMER
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.
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)