The Body of Christopher Creed

The Body of Christopher Creed

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by Carol Plum-Ucci, Plum-Ucci

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Chris Creed grew up as the class freak-the bullies'

punching bag. After he vanished, the weirdness that had once surrounded him began spreading. It was as if a darkness reached out of his void to grab at the most normal, happy people-like some twisted joke or demented form of justice. It tore the town apart. Sixteen-year-old Torey Adams's search for answers opens

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Chris Creed grew up as the class freak-the bullies'

punching bag. After he vanished, the weirdness that had once surrounded him began spreading. It was as if a darkness reached out of his void to grab at the most normal, happy people-like some twisted joke or demented form of justice. It tore the town apart. Sixteen-year-old Torey Adams's search for answers opens his eyes to the lies, the pain, and the need to blame when tragedy strikes, and his once-safe world comes crashing down around him. 5-1/2 X 8-1/4.

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Chris Creed was the class freak -- his high school's prime outsider. And when he mysteriously disappears, the town of Steepleton is buzzing with rumors: Has he been murdered or kidnapped? Committed suicide? Perhaps, he has simply run away. The only clue is a cryptic email message left by Christopher 24 hours before he turns up missing. In it, Chris explains how envious he is of his classmate, golden-boy Torey Adams, and several of Torey's friends, who "get everything -- athletic ability, good personalities, beautiful girlfriends." Chris closes by stating that he simply wants to "be gone."

As the police and the Creed family search for answers, so too does Torey, who is haunted by Chris's disappearance. And as he digs deeper, and becomes aware of the lies, the pain, and peoples' need to blame others when tragedy strikes, he is forever changed. Chris's sheltered, privileged life threatens to crumble, as he gets to know some of the kids in town who have been labeled misfits and finds out that people are not always what they appear to be. This fast-paced, compelling, and suspenseful novel is a powerful coming-of-age story, and an eye-opening account of how preconceived notions can lead people to relate to each other in a negative and unjustifiable manner.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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5.83(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.14(d)
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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[set star] “Plum-Ucci knows her audience and provides her readers with enough twists, turns, and suspense to keep them absorbed.”—School Library Journal   “A complex, credible look at alienation, compassion, loyalty, and cruelty.”—The Bulletin

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Body of Christopher Creed 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Everyone knows someone like Christopher Creed. He is, after all, the kid you love to hate. He'll treat you like his best friend, hanging onto your every word, following you everywhere you go, even as you tell him to go away. He'll get up, smiling, after you've punched him in the mouth after saying something totally inappropriate. He's the kid we see at every high school--the one with no friends, who thinks he knows everything, loathed by all and yet oblivious to our hatred.

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 slut 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.

THE BODY OF CHRISTOPHER CREED is an engaging mystery, but it's also a look into the life and times of every high school in the world. The cliques, the drama, the need to belong. The bullying, the hatred, the intense pressure to fit in. Ms. Plum-Ucci has penned a book that goes straight to the heart of the matter--when things are unbearable in your life, when fiction is preferable to fact, how far are you willing to go to change your destiny?

A real winner, this is definitely a recommended read!
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
Very good read! The main character is courageous! He gives up his "perfect" life to attempt to solve a mystery and find the truth. The book tackles sensitive and important issues regarding weirdness, family and how we treat our peers. Highly Recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carol Plum-Ucci always keeps you guessing. You never know what's going to happen next! The ending was awesome!
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
I highly suggest reading this book! It was such a good story that really kept you guessing and interested up until the end - which by the way, I didn't want it to end! The characters were interesting and well written. The story paints a clear picture of teen angst and the bitterness and spitefulness of a town. Loved it!
athletic More than 1 year ago
I thought that The Body of Christopher Creed was very interesting but an amazing book. In the book there were depressing/sad, happy, and very scary parts. Towards the end there is this one scene that you will never forget. I was holding my breath for like two whole minutes.You will really like this book.
mb17 More than 1 year ago
This book kept my 16 year old interested! That earns big points in my book! He couldn't put it down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
omg the book is realy good.. were actaully reading this book in our english class, and im really enjoy it they should have a movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is book is incredible. It has issues that every teen deals with eventually, and it has so many interpretations. It's for people who are stereotyped, people who are teased, people who are disliked by the 'popular' kids, people who have crazy parents. It doesn't matter if you are plagued by these issues or not, reading this book will open up your eyes and make you understand those kids who don't get along with others well. And if you so happen to be a person who causes these issues, if you read this, I swear you will at least stop and think about how you treat others will effect them. It doesn't matter who you are or your place in high school's society...YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to to a book report, and I choose this to read. Of course I read the reviews first because I was a bit skeptical, but it turned out I enjoyed it. Caution>> If you're young and reading this, this book requires maturity from you. You have to have an open mind. I have searched up the lexile level and its L720 and reccommended for kids 14+. I can see why now. This book has issues that cover from the past and now, splattered with lessons you wouldn't want to forget. I think you will enjoy it, but what can I say, opinions vary. Chris Creed is surrounded by his own reality- heck, everyone is. Only a few see the truth. Chris Creed suddenly disappears without a trace and the town starts shoving fingers at others because no one wants to point it at themselves. The journey of Torey Adams and his quest to find the truth about Creed envelopes his other goals. Torey starts to realize that everyone is not perfect as they appear to be. Adams tries to find the body of Creed. It is up to the reader to decide whether Creed killed himself or ran away. ---+ I think there is another book after this... So reader, if you are deciding to buy and read this, it is in your hands.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Body Of Christopher Creed was the best book i have ever read. I really got into this book and it was very hard to put it down. It was very supenseful and a great ending that will shock you when you read it. This is why i give it 5 stars! 13 yr old in mi.
Mulletmama More than 1 year ago
This book takes place in a small town called Steepleton where everyone knows everybody. There's a boy that lives in Steepleton named Chris who was constantly mocked since he was young and has suddenly disappeared, leaving nothing but a 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 their 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 that they 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 won’t want to put it down until you read it to the end. It has so much suspense to it and I recommend that you read the second book too; it’s called “Following Christopher Creed”. The second one is just as good as the first. This is one of my all-time favorite books.
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The best book by far
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book 5 stars because this was a simply a great book! It had me wanting more nearly every second i had it in my hands, and you never knew what would come next. In this story, A bullied boy named Christopher Creed suddenly disappears, with no evidence of where he went, or how he left, except for one mysterious email sent out 24 hours before his disappearance. Chris's absence tweaks the interest of Torey Adams, one of Chris's 'bullies', and as the story progresses, Torey becomes curious of where Creed went. Torey finds the saying ''Curiosity killed the cat'' can be taken literally, as his curiosity for Creed's disappearance simply drags him forth into a painful and twisted series of events. Will Torey turn back, or will he overcome his fears and curiosity? Find out in THE BODY OF CHRISTOPHER CREED! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a decently-quick moving plot, the book went from mysterious to thrilling and action packed in just a few chapters (mostly towards the ending). I would also recommend this book someone who doesn't mind a few cuss words, i found a handful in only the first few chapters, which i will not clearly state. In all, i thought this was a wonderful book, and I'd read it again and again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! C:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is suspensful and full of mystery. This is something everyone will enjoy reading. :)
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This book was a little iffy in the beginning but once Torey started hanging with Ali and Bo it got really interesting. Now I'm going to read all the other books the author wrote.
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This book was just sensational. I stumbled upon it in my school library one day and I grabbed it simply because it sounded interesting. It was so much more. It was fast-paced,wel-written, and just grand. Buy this book. You will not regret it.
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Elizabeth Strnad More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book as a kid. Now at 20, Im gonna read it again.