By April Henry
New York: Henry Holt & Company, 2016.
Genre: Mystery/Thriller Grades: 6 and up Pages: 227
Best-selling author April Henry never disappoints! Opening chapter has Olivia running for her life—knowing if she slows down and is caught, she will be killed—just like her mother. Only her mother was murdered fourteen years ago and Olivia would not have been in her current situation if she had not decided to find out what really happened that day when they all went into the woods looking for a Christmas tree to cut down. Olivia was three at the time and was with both her mother and her father but the killer dropped her off at Walmart before leaving Medford. All these years Olivia was sure it was her no good father but when she returns to Medford the entire city becomes full of suspects. Henry has written another great who-dun-it, that is a page-turner to the end! Middle school students will love this thriller!
Making Up Megaboy by Virginia Walter and Katrina Roeckelein
New York: Delacorte Press
This would be a good reluctant readers book—perhaps for murder mystery.
This was a depressing story about Robbie who on his 13th birthday takes his father’s gun and shoots a store owner for no apparent reason. The story is written by people who witnessed or who knew the boy. This appears that it may be a series. The graphics are interesting and would appeal to reluctant readers. It was a depressing story but captures senseless crimes of our time.
Quality 4 Popularity 2 Middle/Junior High School
Author Website: http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/walter/