By April Henry
AR Level: 4.4
AR Points: 8.0
I suggest: grades 6th through 12th
I will admit…I’m biased. I had an exclusive interview with April Henry when she visited Edmond’s Best of Books. I had not read her work before (which is not advisable, if you are sitting down to chat with an author).
However, I have read four books now, in just the last few months.
I loved The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die, my first pick. Then, because she’d talked about this book during the book signing that followed our private interview, I read The Lonely Dead too. It is funny, creepy, exciting, and all over satisfying. All of her books have been a win for me.
Henry is able to capture the challenges of teenager-dom without getting crass or gratuitous with sex or violence. So, that means I think that middle schoolers can enjoy her work just as much as teens. As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed it as well.
So, I highly encourage to get your middle schooler or high schooler to check Henry’s books out.
Description form B&N:
A killer is on the loose, and only one girl has the power to find him. But in this genre-bending YA thriller, she must first manage to avoid becoming a target herself.
For Adele, the dead aren’t really dead. She can see them and even talk to them. But she’s spent years denying her gift. When she encounters her ex-best friend Tori in a shallow grave in the woods and realizes that Tori is actually dead-that gift turns into a curse. Without an alibi, Adele becomes the prime suspect in Tori’s murder. She must work with Tori’s ghost to find the real killer. But what if the killer finds Adele first?
In The Lonely Dead, master mystery-writer April Henry adds a chilling paranormal twist to this incredibly suspenseful young adult novel.