The Deadly Sister

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From the author of The School for Dangerous Girls, a suspenseful stunner about loyalty, sibling rivalry, and murder.

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 ...

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Overview


From the author of The School for Dangerous Girls, a suspenseful stunner about loyalty, sibling rivalry, and murder.

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?

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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: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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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  • Posted June 19, 2010

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

    Abby has always been the perfect older sister. She has protected Maya, been her alibi on countless occasions, and remained positive when everyone else was ready to give up. Now, something has happened, and Abby may not have the power to save her little sister this time.

    While out for a late night run, Abby stumbles across the body of Jefferson Andrews, the most popular guy in high school. As she tries to wrap her head around the gruesome scene before her, she notices something familiar sticking out of the mud. It is Maya's phone. Yes, Abby had mentioned that Jefferson was going to be meeting up with some girl named Caitlin, but she was just trying to prepare Maya for the fact that she was simply his latest conquest in a long line of "love em and leave em" relationships.

    How could she have predicted that Maya would follow him and ... she can hardly imagine it ... kill him?

    From the moment Abby discovers the cell phone, she finds herself in a desperate race to cover for Maya. Her younger sister's life has been off track for years now. Through their parents' divorce and reconciliation, Maya has been causing nothing but trouble. Her multiple piercings, refusal to go to school, experimentation with drugs, and her week-long disappearances have frustrated and worried her parents until they have finally given up.

    But now that Maya may be involved in a situation that could jeopardize her freedom and perhaps her life, Abby can't just sit back and do nothing.

    What follows is a journey full of enough plot twists and turns to keep readers' heads spinning. Abby is pulled in countless directions as she attempts to protect Maya, please her parents, and persuade the police investigators that her sister is innocent. Is Maya the killer? Could it be the victim's own brother or some other jealous ex-girlfriend?

    Author Eliot Schrefer keeps his readers guessing right up to the end. THE DEADLY SISTER is a perfect summer thriller.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    Surprise plot twist at the end!

    This is not a book i thought i would ever have intrest in. I ended up liking it a lot. Though just to warn you, there is a serious plot twist at the end!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVER!

    This book is awesome! Read it now u @#$%'s

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

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    Pretty good!

    Pretty good book. Was kind of slow in the beginning but midway got good and towards the end i knew who did it. I would read more from this author.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 8, 2013

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    I stopped reading the book because it was not very good and was slow and drug on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 5, 2012

    Juicy pussy&ass so fuck me harder

    This is like the bestsetset book like ever so like everyone should lie buy this book.....

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 25, 2010

    awesome

    this book is the best book i read all year nonstopaction

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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