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Death at Deacon Pond Paperback – October 10, 2006

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Grade 9 Up–Kerri Langston has psychic visions, and since her father's supposed suicide, she has been deemed the town freak because of them. She knows her father did not kill himself, but no one will listen to her. Late one night, she and her friend Seth Roberts, the son of her father's former colleague on the police force, are attending a party at the local teen hangout when Kerri literally stumbles across Mark Travers, who died falling off a cliff near the pond. The visions start all over again, and Kerri realizes that, like her father, Mark Travers was murdered. As she learns more about him, she also discovers more about Deputy Roberts, Seth, and her father's death. Then, she must try to save herself from the evil and corruption that is plaguing her small community. Kerri is a sympathetic character who is struggling with accepting the loss of her father, especially in light of her visions about his death. She also has to deal with her mother's grief and guilt and the adults who do not want the truth to come out. While Kerri's visions are a well-integrated part of the story, the plot device of trafficking in teen girls is a little over-the-top. Still, readers will appreciate the excitement and Kerri's courage. Those who want books about the supernatural will flock to this one, and reluctant readers will enjoy the fast-moving plot and well-crafted mystery.–Lynn Evarts, Sauk Prairie High School, Prairie du Sac, WI
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"enthralling and full of surprises ... Alexander's character development and prose are refreshingly intelligent." - Bethany Davies, Librarian -- Connecticut --Bethany Davies, Librarian -- Connecticut

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Lobster Press (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897073429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897073421
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on January 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Kerri Langston's life is anything but trouble-free. Ever since the death of the family dog years ago, Kerri has experienced psychic visions. At the time, only Kerri's sister, Ann, seemed to understand when Kerri mentioned her "sightings" of good old Petey.

Kerri's visions have been more frequent since the supposed suicide of her father. It has been difficult for everyone in town to accept the fact that a well-liked and respected police officer would end his life by his own hand. Kerri is definitely not convinced, and repeated "visits" from her father have only encouraged her to investigate his death further.

Life for Kerri becomes even more complicated when she stumbles over a dead body in the woods surrounding Deacon Pond. When she attempts to connect the incident with her recent visions, the police and even her own mother and sister don't take her seriously. Forced to depend on herself and her instincts, Kerri embarks on her own lonely journey in search

of the truth.

DEATH AT DEACON POND can be classified as a mystery/thriller since E. M. Alexander fills her plot with enough twists and turns to keep readers on their toes. Just when it seems the real killer has been discovered, the plot turns in a different direction. Although appropriate for middle grades, this book requires an attentive reader to follow and appreciate

the more intricate details.

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ReviewFace on January 6, 2007
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E.M. Alexander firmly plants the reader in a believable teenager's world and then keeps us there through unexpected twists and turns. Starting from the fun teenage beer bash in the beginning, the reader will simply not be allowed to become bored throughout the story. For a fun mystery, a charming teenage relationship, and suspenseful action, all with a extraordinarily well done supernatural twists, "Death At Deacon Pond" is a stellar novel!
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Kerri Langston has visions. She had them after her father died, leading her to believe he didn't commit suicide. And now she's having them about Mark Travers, the dead man she stumbled upon in the woods near Deacon Pond. But somehow, these new visions are connected to the ones about her father. Kerri is no longer content to let the police do their work; she wants to investigate for herself.

This choice propels her into a dangerous situation. She's caught several times by the crime scene by Officer Roberts, the father of her best friend and her father's partner, before her father died. Kerri's mother is uncomfortable with Kerri's interaction with the police because she still can't get over her husband's death. Seth, the son of Officer Roberts, tries to warn Kerri to stay away from the crime scene, but Kerri doesn't listen; she wants to find the truth about everything. But what will it cost her?

Death at Deacon Pond was a very exciting murder mystery. Kerri's visions are unusual when places out of context of the story, but they seem completely natural in this novel. I felt that there wasn't adequate characterization for everyone except Kerri, but then again, Kerri is the main character. Many times, scenes sprung up on my which can be both good and bad: it's good to have unpredictability in mysteries, but sometimes it just seemed implausible. Nonetheless, Death at Deacon Pond kept me on the edge of my seat; it wasn't exactly 100% high action, but there was a good dosage of it. I loved how all the events and characters connected at the end, which is fantastic for all mysteries. I was completely engrossed during the several hours it took me to read this.

If you love a good suspenseful novel involving mystery and murder, Death at Deacon Pond is a good choice for you.
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By Connecticut Muse on April 12, 2007
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With an intriguing and suspenseful plot, readers will be drawn into Alexander's story of murder, greed, and ultimate betrayal as experienced by an extraordinary young woman who must learn about life the hard way. In this excellent coming of age story, the heroine ultimately discovers not only how she feels about herself but also how she feels about others in her life. Death at Deacon Pond is a moving and poignant tale that is sure to hook any young adult reader. Kudos to E.M. Alexander. We will look for more from this talented author!
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