The Deadly Sister

The Deadly Sister

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by Eliot Schrefer
     
 

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Abby Goodwin is sure her sister Maya isn't a murderer. But her parents don't agree. Her friends don't agree. And the cops definitely don't agree. Maya is a drop-out, a stoner, a girl who's obsessed with her tutor, Jefferson Andrews...until he ends up dead. Maya runs away, and leaves Abby following the trail of clues. Each piece of evidence points to Maya, but it…  See more details below

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Abby Goodwin is sure her sister Maya isn't a murderer. But her parents don't agree. Her friends don't agree. And the cops definitely don't agree. Maya is a drop-out, a stoner, a girl who's obsessed with her tutor, Jefferson Andrews...until he ends up dead. Maya runs away, and leaves Abby following the trail of clues. Each piece of evidence points to Maya, but it also appears that Jefferson had secrets of his own. And enemies. Like his brother, who Abby becomes involved with...until he falls under suspicion.

Is Abby getting closer to finding the true murderer? Or is someone leading her down a twisted false path?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
Though Maya, fifteen, has always been a troublemaker, her older sister, Abby, has always protected her. When Abby discovers the dead body of Jefferson Andrews, Maya's tutor, she also finds her sister's phone at the scene of the crime. Given Maya's tangled romantic relationship with drug dealer Jefferson, Abby immediately has a bad feeling. High at the time, Maya is not entirely certain about the events of that night. Maya admits to hitting Jefferson with a broken bottle, but insists it could not have been enough to kill him. Abby urges Maya to go into hiding while she sets out to learn the truth behind Jefferson's death. Abby tracks down other drug dealers and follows leads that take her to seedy and unsafe places. Unsure if she believes Maya to be the murderer or not, suddenly many other people seem like potential suspects and Abby is unsure whom to trust. While on the run with Maya, Abby realizes what she has to do, and hopes her carefully concocted plan will work. Schrefer has written an intense mystery that will force readers to question the truth the whole way through. Just when it seems like answers are finally revealed, a shocking twist that only the most careful of readers could guess at occurs. Suddenly, what was a well-written mystery becomes a masterful story of cunning deception. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Abby has always protected her delinquent younger sister, Maya, always been there to shelter her misdeeds (drug use, running away, etc.) from their parents. But now, when Abby finds Maya's boyfriend dead in the river with Maya's cell phone nearby, she is going to have her hands full because it sure looks like her sister killed Jefferson in a drug-induced haze. Abby springs into action and begins playing detective to see if she can pin the crime on a more likely culprit. It turns out that Jefferson wasn't the angel adults had perceived him to be, and there are plenty of people with motive to kill him. The Deadly Sister is riddled with red herrings and told by an unreliable narrator, which make the surprise ending all the more shocking. Well-drawn characters, realistic dialogue, and suspenseful twists and turns add to the appeal. Teens crave mystery, and this book will suit them just fine.—Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL
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Praise for The Deadly Sister:

* "Well-drawn characters, realistic dialogue, and suspenseful twists and turns add to the appeal. Teens crave mystery, and this book will suit them just fine." - SLJ, starred review

"The page-turning action and the potent relationship between the two sisters will keep teens’ attention right up to the final confession." - Booklist

Praise for The School for Dangerous Girls:

"Teens might behave dangerously themselves to get their hands on this page-turner.” —Booklist

“Gripping, violent and terrifying.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545165747
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,180,615
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
HL720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author


Eliot Schrefer is the author of The Deadly Sister, The School for Dangerous Girls, Glamorous Disasters, and The New Kid. He lives in New York City, and has never discovered any bodies. Visit him online at www.eliotschrefer.com.

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