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Wish You Were Dead (The Thrillogy) Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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Grade 9–11—When a high school student announces on her blog that she hates Lucy Cunningham and wishes her dead, no one takes her seriously—until a few days later, when Lucy disappears. Madison Archer is particularly shaken by the disappearance, as she was the one who drove the missing girl home and was the last to see her that night. In addition to her guilt over not seeing Lucy safely to her door, Madison is also trying to uncover the identities of a cyber stalker who sends her Facebook messages lecturing her about her cliquishness and an anonymous "friend" who leaves her hastily scribbled warnings and pleas for help. When the blogger posts another name, a second student goes missing. And then a third. Madison needs to find her missing friends before it's too late—for them and for herself. The action proceeds at a smooth pace and hits all the right notes of a teen thriller: revenge-seeking outcasts, betrayal, mysterious strangers, and some violence and torture (though it is not graphically depicted). Characters are distinct; readers will be able to tell even the background characters apart. The gimmick of incorporating blogging, chat, and Facebook is not as central to the story as the opening pages would imply, but the social-networking technologies are blended seamlessly into the narrative. Strasser's writing is more practical than poetic, but his gripping plot will keep readers turning pages late into the night.—Brandy Danner, Wilmington Memorial Library, MA END
"This is an author who really has his finger on the way kids think." (The New York Times) "The prolific and ever-popular Strasser has written a reader-friendly suspense novel." (Book List) "Carefully plotted. An Impressive number of red herrings will keep readers guessing right up to the satisfying conclusion." (Kirkus)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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