Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Unthinkable by Shirley Duke

Duke, Shirley Unthinkable, 116 p. Darby Creek (Lerner), 2010.  Violence: PG-13.  Other Content: G.  Omar Phillips has become obessed with writing horror stories that are based on the dreams (read nightmares) that he has been experiencing.  He takes pride in the buzz that his blog is attracting and the congratulations that he receives at school.  When one of his horror stories comes true, however, things become dark and more than a little dangerous.  Along comes Sophie, a Goth recluse, who seems to have some answers for Omar.  But is answer more dealy than the question? This short, tense murder mystery is perfect for your reluctant readers.  I think Lerner and Darby Creek are doing a good job with this high/low format.  If they keep increasing their backlist, they may soon rival Capstone and Orca for this audience.  MS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher

1 comment:

Shirley said...

Thanks for this terrific review. I just saw it! The book also made the 2011 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list. I'm signing it at ALA on June 36 at 10:00 at Lerner's booth. This blog is a great resource.