The Body of Christopher Creed, by Carol Plum-Ucci
I can think of maybe three books that have left me speechless, books where I turned that last page and then sat there with my fool mouth hanging wide open. The Body of Christopher Creed is one of them.
Christopher Creed is the class loser. His personality is just wrong. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t fit in. He says the wrong things and wears the wrong clothes and generally makes a pest of himself. Maybe the saddest part is that he doesn’t realize what a dweeb he is. He just keeps trying. It’s pathetic.
Then he disappears.
Is it murder? Did he run away? Maybe it was a suicide?
I’ll warn you right now, there are no clear answers. Christopher’s classmate Torey sure wants to know, because his name has been linked to the disappearance. As Torey starts to investigate the mystery, he begins asking some tough questions: Was he guilty? How about his peers? Did their ostracism go too far? Is Christopher dead because of them?
Plum-Ucci crafts a gripping plot unlike anything you’ve read before. The characters are dangerously well-done: every time you read about Christopher, you remember the pain of the times you’ve been picked on; worse, you begin to remember those times when you were the bully. Lucid, believable writing and truly unique storytelling make this a truly stunning young adult novel. It’s impossible to describe the power of this Printz winner, but don’t take it from me: the brisk plot makes this book seem much shorter than its 248 pages. You have no excuses. Go check it out.
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