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The Body of Christopher Creed Paperback – November 1, 2008
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Sixteen-year-old Torey Adams and his friends remember beating up Chris Creed when his gentle but obnoxious ways exasperated them. Now that he is gone, they joke uneasily about him to ease their guilt. The town is full of ugly rumors, as Torey's lawyer mother tells them "See, guys, this is what happens when a kid suffers a personal tragedy. Nobody wants to take responsibility. Nobody wants to admit they had a part in it. So, they spend a lot of time pointing the finger, and things just get worse and worse." Suspicion of murder conveniently falls on big, tough Bo Richardson, an outcast "boon" from the boondocks edge of town. Torey's smug assumptions about people are rattled when he discovers that his childhood friend Ali is secretly romantically involved with Bo, who displays surprising tenderness and maturity in caring for her.
The three try to solve the mystery of Chris's disappearance by attempting to steal his diary, but only succeed in implicating themselves, as the town is consumed with rumors and the revelation of adult secrets. Torey begins to find himself distanced from his other friends by his growing understanding of the importance of compassion toward those who are different. The Body of Christopher Creed challenges teens to think about the damage done when lines of exclusion are drawn between people. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
mysterious letter. No one in Steepleton knows what happened to him, not even his own mother. They don't know whether he was kidnapped, if he committed suicide or if he just left town. Now everyone in Steepleton is blaming each other for Chris'
disappearance and Torey and his friends are trying to get to the bottom of this mystery.
I enjoyed reading this book because it's suspenseful to the very end. There are so many surprises in this book, I enjoyed reading every page. The characters in this story are
complex and they have there own opinions about Chris' disappearance.
The lesson to learn is you shouldn't be cruel to people because it might not seem to affect them, but it hurts inside. Chris wasn't a bad person, he just wanted friends. Nobody cared about him until he disappeared. In this story nobody wanted to admit thatthey treated Chris badly.
I would recommend this book to people that love to read books that keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end. It was honestly one of the best books I have ever read because once you pick up this book up, you wont want to put it down until you read it to the end.
The story centers around Torey and after receiving a letter his fascination with Christopher Creed, a fellow student who has disappeared. All of the students have no idea if he simply ran away or committed suicide. This book does a fantastic job of looking a human nature and how we as people treat other people. How you should never be mean to someone because you honestly never know what they're through.
Overall this book was amazing. It makes your heart hurt to see how mean children can actually be. How horrible it is that we don't care until something terrible happens. I loved this book because it's thrilling and deals with a very real topic. It even has a little hint of supernatural in it. Overall fantastic book!
Except Christopher Creed wasn't totally oblivious, as shown by the email he sends to the school principal the day he ends up missing. No one seems to be sure whether Creed was contemplating running away or comitting suicide--all they know is that he's gone, disappeared as if he'd never lived in the town of Steepleton at all.
For Victor "Torey" Adams, the day Chris Creed drops off the face of the Earth is a defining, and life-altering, day for him. Suddenly confused by the way he's treated Creed in the past, ashamed by the pure glee that his fellow students seem to get out of speculating what happened to the missing teen, Torey is disillusioned with his life--and so sets out to discover what truly happened to Christopher Creed the day he went missing.
Along with two unlikely allies, a once popular girl now considered to be a [...] and a "boon" boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Torey has become obsessed with unearthing clues to Creed's mysterious disappearance. As he learns more about the strange happenings in the Creed home, as he becomes convinced that his mother is hiding something, as he wanders the woods looking for a body, Torey learns something about the way the world works--and it isn't pretty.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An awesome book, full of mystery and interesting characters of whom some see the world as black and white while others see grey all over. Very good read.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just an absolute great piece of literature. Recommend to anyone. I've read it twice and the sequel once. While the sequel was good it will obviously never live up too the original. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Brian Del Rossi
I was surprised to see how many reviews were saying this book shouldn't be read by young people.
To be honest, I haven't read this book in years, but I read it when I was... Read more
I Felt bad for Chris creed but I loved bo. He reminds me of guys I grew up around.Ali was crazy in the end.and little Justin creed giving his ma the finger awesome.Published 11 months ago by Jessica M.
Wonderful story. I read this when I was 10 and reread it last year at the age of 24. Still as enjoyable as the first time. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Elizabeth
Don't normally read, got so into this book I read the whole thing cover to cover in two days. Great book.Published 21 months ago by jeremy
This is the book I picked for my English novel analysis, and I could not be happier with my choice. I finished it way before the required date because I needed to keep reading it. Read morePublished 22 months ago by julie blakeman