The End of the Line

The End of the Line

by Gary Crew, Gregory Rogers
     
 

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Janet never had a friend before Lola came along. When Lola asks her to sleep over, Janet jumps at the chance. She takes the bus to the Half-Moon Bridge, where Lola promised to meet her. Lola doesn’t show up . . . but a strange dog does.

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Janet never had a friend before Lola came along. When Lola asks her to sleep over, Janet jumps at the chance. She takes the bus to the Half-Moon Bridge, where Lola promised to meet her. Lola doesn’t show up . . . but a strange dog does.

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When the new girl at school invites Janet, the school outcast, to her "secret" sleepover, Janet is apprehensive because she has never before been invited to a friend's house. Even though Lola is sometimes mean to her, Janet is starved for friendship and accepts Lola's invitation. Lola instructs Janet to meet her at 10 p.m. at the last stop on the bus line. When Janet arrives, Lola is not there. Janet thinks that Lola must be playing a cruel joke. She tries the phone in the booth only to discover that it does not work. Feeling frightened and alone, Janet closes herself into the phone booth to wait for the midnight bus when something begins to circle her. It turns out to be a dog that wants Janet to follow him under a dark, rickety old bridge. This foreboding title is part of the Shade Books series of high interest/low reading level books written at a second grade level about topics suitable for middle school readers. Each short book contains black-and-white illustrations, a glossary, writing prompts, discussion questions, and Internet sites. The book publicity boasts of controlled vocabulary and an alignment to Character Education. Because the text is so spaced out, readers might be turned off at first glance, but the story is sufficiently creepy, containing the suspense needed to hook readers. Reviewer: Sarah Cofer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598899153
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Series:
Shade Bks.
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Gary Crew has been writing books for young people since 1985, when he was a high school teacher. He has won numerous awards for his science fiction and mystery titles. He currently lives in the mountains of eastern Australia with his wife, Christine, and his dogs, Ferris, Beulah, and Miss Wendy.

Gregory Rogers lives in Brisbane, Australia. He studied fine art and worked as a graphic designer before he began illustrating books. In 1995, Gregory became the first Australian illustrator to win the prestigious Kate Greenaway medal. In his spare time, he loves playing music. He also collects CDs, antiques, books, and anything that might get dusty.

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