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Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girlsby Mary Downing Hahn
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Based on an actual crime in 1955, this YA novel is at once a mystery and a coming-of-age story. The brutal murder of two teenage girls on the last day of Nora Cunninghams junior year in high school throws Nora into turmoil. Her certainties—friendships, religion, her prudence, her resolve to find a boyfriend taller than she is—are shaken or cast off altogether. Most people in Elmgrove, Maryland, share the comforting conviction that Buddy Novak, who had every reason to want his ex-girlfriend dead, is responsible for the killings. Nora agrees at first, then begins to doubt Buddys guilt, and finally comes to believe him innocent—the lone dissenting voice in Elmgrove. Told from several different perspectives, including that of the murderer, Mister Deaths Blue-Eyed Girls is a suspenseful page-turner with a powerful human drama at its core.
At the same time that Matt and Parker find the body of the dead man in the creek, they recognize George Evans, the owner of the antique shop where Parker's mother works.
This fictional re-creation of a crime that happened in Mary Downing Hahn's Maryland hometown in 1955—the murder of two teenage girls—is at once a mystery and a coming-of-age story. Told from several perspectives, including that of the murderer, this latest work from the award-winning and best-selling author is sure to captivate readers.
* "A gripping story all the more chilling for its roots in real-life crime."—Publishers Weekly, starred review The brutal murder of two teenage girls on the last day of Nora's junior year throws her into turmoil. Her certainties—friendships, religion, her resolve to find a boyfriend—are shaken or cast off altogether. Most people share the comforting conviction that Buddy Novak is responsible for the killings. Nora agrees at first, then comes to believe him innocent—the lone dissenting voice. Told from several different perspectives, including the murderer's, this is a suspenseful page-turner with a powerful human drama at its core.
A chilling supernatural tale!
Just before summer begins, thirteen-year-old Ali finds an old photograph. She recognizes the two children. Ones her mother, the other her aunt Dulcie but who is the third person, the one whos been torn out of the picture? Ali will have all summer to figure it out, since shes spending the summer with her aunt and her cousin in the same house her mom and aunt used to visit when they were kids.
Then Ali meets Sissy. Sissy is mean, spiteful, and determined to ruin Alis summer. Sissy also has a secret. Could it have something to do with the old photo? Ali is dying to find out, and if shes not careful, thats exactly what might happen to her.
About the Author
Mary Downing Hahn, a former childrens librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous and The Old Willis Place. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus.
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