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Fake ID

Fake ID

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by Walter Sorrells

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Sixteen-year-old Chastity and her mother have been on the run since Chass was a baby, assuming new identities in every town. She doesn't know why they are running, who her father is, or even her real name. But then on the night of Chass's sixteenth birthday, her mother disappears. The cops find her abandoned car, blood matching her DNA, and a purse containing six ID


Sixteen-year-old Chastity and her mother have been on the run since Chass was a baby, assuming new identities in every town. She doesn't know why they are running, who her father is, or even her real name. But then on the night of Chass's sixteenth birthday, her mother disappears. The cops find her abandoned car, blood matching her DNA, and a purse containing six ID cards. Chass can't believe her mother is dead; she knows that her mom just had to go on the run again, this time to protect Chass. Chastity has only six days to find her mother before she's put into foster care—but someone else is looking for Chass. Someone deadly.

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A terrific read! Sorrells masterfully sustains suspense throughout. (Booklist, starred review)
Sorrells, Edgar Award winning author of legal thrillers for adults, brings his expertise to a compelling suspense story for teens. Chastity Pureheart, newly settled in High Hopes, Alabama, is absolutely in the dark about her name and why she and her mother keep packed suitcases by the front door wherever they live, as if they may need to move in an instant. On the night of Chastity's sixteenth birthday, her mother disappears. Mom's car was later found, abandoned and filled with fake I.D.s Chastity is convinced that Mom is still alive, and with foster care looming in six days, Chastity is determined to find her. The clock is ticking, and there's a creepy vacant house to explore, with a skull in the basement that connects to a 1960's high-school football hero. Sorrells masterfully sustains suspense throughout, spiking the drama with some truly frightening scenes that make this a terrific read. In the end, Chastity, hunted and confused as she is, still emerges as determined, feisty-and triumphant.
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Children's Literature
The new mystery series "Hunted" gets off to a ripping start with adult thriller-writer Walter Sorrells's first teen novel. Sixteen-year-old Chastity Pureheart—no, that is not her real name, but she is stuck with it—has been on the run with her mom since birth. New town, new name. But now they have landed in High Hopes, Alabama, and Chass is tired of running. When her mother disappears, she has got to start piecing clues together at last, and fast. But all Chass really knows is that she has got a way with music, which Mom has always forbidden. Sorrells has fun taking on an alternative to the tired Witness Protection plot. Along the way, he manages to badly shake up a slumbering Southern town, and brings the reader to the verge of nail-biting suspense. As the list of villains builds, Chass escapes mortal peril—more or less believably—time after time, but it is murder on her social life. Chass is a strong, well-developed heroine, and the reader will be rooting for her as the tension builds, and builds. 2005, Sleuth/Dutton/Penguin, Ages 14 up.
—Kathleen Karr
Sorrells, author of mysteries and legal thrillers for adults, including Proof of Intent (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's, 2002), writes his first suspense novel for a young adult audience. Sixteen-year-old Chastity Pureheart ("Chass") does not know her real name, because her mother, who has kept them on the run since Chass was a baby, refuses to share the secret that keeps them moving from place to place. Each time they move, Chass assumes a new identity. On the night of her sixteenth birthday, her mother disappears from their home in High Hopes, Alabama. As she searches for clues to her mother's disappearance, Chastity finds herself in dangerous situations, encountering unexpected enemies and surprising allies. The suspense is heightened by the strange reactions of the townspeople to her mother's disappearance, and the resurfacing of a twenty-year-old murder case that might offer clues to the larger mystery of Chass and her mother's real identities. It is difficult to believe that a teenager with Chastity's intelligence and abilities would not have pressed her mother for more information about her true identity or tried earlier to find the truth on her own. The quality of the writing is uneven, but the riveting action and appealing protagonist will keep readers engrossed. The subplot involving Chastity's not-quite-a-boyfriend Ben and popular teen-queen Brittany offers enough depth and surprises to elevate this story above average suspense-thriller fare. Overall the resolution is satisfying, with the stage set for a sequel. Reluctant readers and fans of mystery-thrillers will welcome this offering, which is recommended for public library YA collections. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readablewithout serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, SLEUTH/Dutton, 256p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Deborah Fisher
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-In this fast-paced mystery, 16-year-old Chass has just six days to find out why her mother disappeared. The authorities in High Hopes, AL, want to put the teen in foster care. Several threatening men seem to want her dead. Chass knows little about her mother and their past; she isn't even sure of her real name. All she knows for certain is that they have been on the run for as long as she can remember, moving from town to town and adopting new aliases in each place. Sorrells weaves an entertaining tale with a sympathetic heroine. Several subplots add interest to the story, from Chass's first romantic feelings for the boy who was formerly her best friend to her dreams of a career as a musician. Her unlikely alliance with the bad-girl daughter of the town sheriff is also intriguing. The major revelations at the end may not come as a complete surprise to careful readers, but there are enough minor twists and turns to keep mystery fans guessing until the last satisfying pages.-Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Hunted Series
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5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)
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12 - 17 Years

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A terrific read! Sorrells masterfully sustains suspense throughout. (Booklist, starred review)

Meet the Author

Walter Sorrells is an award-winning author of mystery and suspense novels for adults and teens. He has written many novels, including Fake I.D., named one of the ten Best Mysteries by Booklist magazine in 2005, and several novels based-on the television series Flight 29 Down.  He also writes under the pseudonyms Lynn Abercrombie and Ruth Birmingham. His novel Fulton County Blues, as Ruth Birmingham, won the 2000 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Paperback Original. He graduated from Haverford College in 1985, where he majored in History, and now lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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bhjvhjf More than 1 year ago
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In the novel, Hunted: Fake ID, Walter Sorrells makes this book like many of his other books, suspenseful and mesmerizing. This book is about a sixteen year old girl named Chastity Pureheart. Who lives with her mother in High Hopes, Alabama. No siblings, no father. They have been moving from city to city for as long as Chass can remember and she doesn't know why. Chass doesn't know much about her own life, including who her father is, and what her real name is. On Chass' sixteenth birthday, her mother leaves and doesn't come back. As far as anyone in the town she just moved to knows, she could be dead. Chass has six days to figure out what happened to her mother and if she's still alive. If Chass doesn't find her mother in time, Chass will get put into foster care. After she starts searching, she finds that someone is actually looking for her. I personally really liked this book. It may not give 'real life' connections with the main topic, but the ideas within the topic will connect with many people's lives. This book gives me a heart racing, on the edge of the seat feeling. This is an 'easy to read', fast book, which I prefer. I enjoyed this book and will keep reading books by Walter Sorrells. I also like how he ends his chapters, making you want to continue to read more. I do recommend this to anyone who likes an 'easy to read', suspenseful mystery book.
haley-mcp More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book! It had alot of action and mystery in this book. It's about a girl,Chastity, who is sixteen and has been on the run since see was a little girl. Her mom won't talk to her about two things; her father and why they were always moving. She doesn't know her name or anything, she gets it randomly picked everytime she moves. One day her mom goes missing and has to find her in six days before she goes in to a foster home. This book gets filled with action as she ditches school with her new friend Brittany and her friend Ben. They all help in this investigation to help her find her mom as Chastity is being chased.
mothman More than 1 year ago
Fake ID Walter Sorrells Fake ID is about a sixteen-year-old girl and her mother which has been on the run since she was a baby. The girl doesn't know they are on the run until the day her mom and her get into a fight over music and her mom gets up and leaves her. This book is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. I think anyone who likes good mysteries should definitely check out this book and read it. If I would have to rate this book I would actually have to rate it a five star. I hope any of you people in the world the read the book enjoys it as much as I did.
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Beck92 More than 1 year ago
Fake ID!! A very interesting book that is hard to take a break from reading it. It has you wondering what will happen next and keep you in suspense. I don¿t read any type of book, but when I do, they have to be interesting. When I first saw the book I read the first chapter and it caught all my interest, which is cool because not all books do that. It is a big mystery about who Chastity, the main character, really is and what her true identity is because she doesn¿t know herself. I enjoyed how she goes through so many things along the way to uncover the mystery. This book has a lot of Mysteries and is of suspense. Fake ID by Walter Sorrells may interest many high school students because it¿s pretty much about a teenager¿s life. Another book that is similar to this one is called HIDE by Lisa Gardner ,being a bit more thrilling and about an adult¿s life.
Michael96 More than 1 year ago
The story Fake I.D. is about a girl and mom who are on the run. The girl does not know they are on the run until one day after her and her mother get into a fight over music and her mom leaves. The mom never comes back. The daughter begins to look for the mom but can't find her. The sheriff at school hears about the situation and looks into it. When the cop looks into it, he ends up finding a whole bunch of fake ids with the pictures of the girl on it.He questioned the girl and she had no idea what he was talking about. One night she hitched a ride with a bad guy and he started to ask her questions a bout a tape that she was unfamiliar with. She then heard of a murder that took place with some all star football players. She went to the hopuse of the murder but someone had already been there and the body was gone. When she went back to her house the agency called and she agreed to help out. I like the story a lot. The setting and plot were decemt and it was very suspenseful. It was a joy to read and the characters filled in great. This story is for anyone inyo suspense and teenagers and up.
Chlo-e More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading a book titled Fake ID by Walter Sorrells. I found this book one day while I was in the library for Mr. Jenkins fourth period class. The students were told to pick out a book for Super Silent Reading and we got a chance to find a book while at the library. While I was walking through the rows of books I noticed Fake ID. The cover of the novel caught my attention because it looked mysterious and I like reading mystery novels rather than science or romance novels. After I had picked out Fake ID, I opened up the cover and read the summary of the novel to see if I really wanted to read it. When I was finished reading the summary on the inside cover, I figured it would be a good book to read, so I checked it out.

As I read Fake ID, I had some likes and dislikes about the novel. What I liked most about Fake ID, was that it kept me wanting to read more after every page. I also liked how the author was detailed in his writing about the different scenes throughout the novel. However, I did not like that the novel was hard to follow at times because it kept confusing me. I also did not like how the author ended the novel. Overall, I thought the novel was well written, but it could have been written better.
What I liked about Fake ID was that the author ended each chapter with a mysterious ending; it kept me wanting to read another chapter or two. I also liked how the author showed the reader the characters¿ emotions. However, I think that the author could have been a little more detailed in what the characters looked like or thought about certain situations. Also, the author talked about the past a lot throughout the novel and it was confusing me with the present part of the novel. I could not figure out if something had already happened or if something was happening. Overall, I thought the novel was well written and a great mystery novel!

I thought Fake ID was a good novel because it was about real life situations and not a made up fantasy. Fake ID was scary at times but it made me want to keep reading and not stop. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes mystery or murder novels and stories that are straight to the point. Fake ID was slow at times, but the more you read the better it got. Overall, Fake ID was a great suspense novel and I think that everyone should read it!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Chastity Pureheart is a girl without a past. Everything about her is a fabrication, including her name. Along with her mother, Chass has spent as long as she can remember moving from one place to another with only a moments notice. She has her routine down pat--suitcase packed and ready to go at the front door at all times, hop in the quiet car and drive to where her mother has pointed to with her eyes closed on the map, stop at a library to draw a book of the shelves and choose a new name.

Chass has no idea why her and her mother are on the run. Her mother has never said a word about who her father is, or what she did before the running started, or why she hates music so passionately. All Chass knows is that they've been in High Hopes, Alabama, for three years now, and their lives are as normal as they've ever been. That is, normal until her best friend, Ben, buys her a guitar for her sixteenth birthday, and things go downhill fast.

First, Chass has to admit to her mother her love--no, obsession--with playing music, writing music, and singing. She knows it hurts her mother; after all, this is the same lady who doesn't even turn on the radio in the car when they're driving. But Chass can't hold her love of music in any longer, and her mother storms out of the house in a huff--and disappears off the face of the earth.

Suddenly, everyone is looking into the life of Chastity Pureheart and her mother a little too closely. For too people who have spent years avoiding public scrutiny, their lives are now under a microscope. She has a police chief treating her like a criminal, the parents of her best friend accusing her of all sort of mischief, and a mother that she's determined to find.

FAKE I.D. is a great mystery for all ages. Filled with action-adventure, a very believable mystery, and lots of thrilling twists and turns, you'll find yourself immersed in the life and times of Chass and her mother--and the reason for their life on the run.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fake ID: This book was great, it was suspenseful and it just draws you in. If you like books that are like the show C.S.I. then this is the book for you. Chass Pureheart and her mother Alyson Pureheart are always on the run. Chass doesn¿t know who or what they are running from, but she is about to find out. Alyson goes missing and Chass has six days to find her before she gets put into a foster home. Chass¿ friends Ben and Brittany try to help her find her mother. While looking for her mother Chass starts solving the mystery of Nancy Rydell. Because of this book you will laugh, be angry at some of the characters, and possibly cry. I recommend Fake ID for anyone who likes to read or has a lot of time because you will not be able to put this book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chastity Pureheart has spent all of her life on the run forced to move from place to place because of a ¿threat¿ unknown to her. When Chastity moves to High Hopes, Alabama, with her mom, she uncovers details about her unknown past. One night Chastity¿s mom leaves the house and doesn¿t come back. Chastity is forced to find out details about her mother or be put in to foster care. Throughout the story Chastity is faced with many decisions that affect her survival. At one point, she is forced to shoot a man before he has the chance to kill her. This story keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to find out what happens next. The author, Walter Sorrells, did a magnificent job at portraying a hero who you feel could actually exist. This story has a well thought out plot and easy to follow dialogue that makes the reader want more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was the best mystery i've read in a while it twists in the middle until you just can't put it down it really is a great mystery title CLub Dread better be just as good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fake-ID is a magnificent book that will make readers want to keep reading. Chassity Pureheart is a teen that has had unexplainable Fake-Identities various time throughout her life, and doesn¿t exactly know why. Along with her mother, Chassity has moved from town to town, but has never really questioned it. As Chassity grows as a teen, starts to realize that most families don¿t move every couple of months, and get new identities every town that they move to. On Chassity¿s sixteenth birthday, her mother vanishes from Chassity, and Chassity is left behind. Will Chassity and her friend Ben be able to find Chassity¿s mother and unravel Chassity¿s mystery of her and her mother¿s moving and getting Fake-Identities before time is up, or will they get caught by her mothers enemies in the process? There were many likes and a few dislikes I had of the book Fake-ID. I liked how there was suspense that kept going and didn¿t stop throughout the book. There were many vocabulary words that made me use context clues to help me figure them out. I also liked ho the book kept me guessing what would happen, and there were many unexpected twists and turns. I didn¿t like how the book ended. I thought it seemed like it just stopped, and didn¿t have a good ending that said what happened to Chassity, however, this kept me wondering what would happen to Chassity. Fake-ID is the first novel with a sequel, called Dread Plan following it. This book is a mystery, and I think if you are the kind of person that likes the CSI shows, you would probably like this book. I think either boys or girls would like this book and I would recommend this book for teens around about the age of twelve to fourteen. Fake-ID is a fantastic, must-read if you are into mystery books. I really enjoyed this book and I think that there are many other people would too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chastity Pureheart doesn¿t know her real name, her real father, or anything about her past. When her mother disappears from their home in High Hopes, Alabama, Chass has to find the answers or face living with foster parents. She¿d rather die. Chass discovers unexpected allies and romance in this fast paced story. This was an engaging story with universally recognizable issues. The author built tension throughout the plot that kept the story moving. The characterization was wonderful and the dialogue good. The heroine in the tale is very human with all of the flaws and strengths that make a character interesting. Twists and turns make the story intriguing, unpredictable, and enjoyable right to the last page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Fake I.D. is a remarkable mystery novel written by Walter Sorells. About a teenage girl, Chastity, whose mother has disappeared leaving behind many dark secrets. Although she gets some help from contrast characters, it¿s up to her to find her mom before it¿s too late. Sorells uses a lot of irony to help create suspense in the story. ¿I never knew my real name, in Deer Park, Washington I was Rose Ford. In Columbus, Ohio I was Renice Preminger.¿ Mom and she have been on the run since she was a baby she never knew exactly what she was running from. Yet, when it was time to go they¿d always pack up and leave no questions asked. The story begins at a library in High Hopes, Alabama ¿THE TOWN WHERE EVERYBODY¿S SMILE¿N.¿ A teenage girl and her mother arrive at the library and pick up the fist book they see. As they read the first chapter they look for the first female character in the book. Finally they found her name, Chastity Purheart. This becomes the characters name Chasity or Chass for short. That¿s where it all starts¿ The hunt for Chass mom gets her into all kind of bizarre and nerve wrecking situations. For example almost being kidnapped and smashing a guy into a tree with a car. Getting sent to jail, finding dead bodies, along with singing at bars that require you to be twenty-one or older and not in high school, and much more! Even though Chass¿s crazy situations will have you jumping out of your seat, the characters in the book help add comedy to the story. Skeptical Sheriff Arnett and his popular yet rude cheerleading daughter Brittany, who aren¿t fond of Chass surprisingly help her unsolved the big mystery. Ben the nerdy bestfreind, who risks his life for Chass, ironically becomes her confidant. My favorite character Miss Turner, the strict biology teacher happens not to be a main character. She gets into a hysterical fight with Chass. The wrestling, fighting, and tackling to the floor by a teacher over a cellular phone, causes unstoppable laughter. Fake I.D. is an all around great book. It allows the readers to connect and bring out the rebels in all of us. The ending twist will have you flabbergasted. Many of us watch those crime shows: Law & Order, CSI, and Cold Case because it makes us feel like a detective trying to unsolved the mystery. This book allows you to become apart of the mystery and will have you screaming for more. Chasity is a brave girl who stops at nothing to find the truth. Does she find her mom? Does she discover her real name? Why has she been running all these years? Those are some really good questions I guess you¿re just going to have to read the book to find out the answers. Try not to go crazy guessing what¿s going to happen to the girl born with a FAKE I.D.!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is not only exciting it is scary. i loved this book soooooo much. i definatley recomened it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I 3 this book, I couldn't put it down for just one minute and that is unsual, because I don't like reading many books on my own free will.I can relate to the character Chasity alot,maybe thats why I LOVED it so much,there was alot of action and unexpected things that happened in this one awesome mystery book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like mystery books then you will love Fake ID by Walter Sorrells. This mystery keeps you in suspense throughout every single page. It¿s about a teenage girl, Chastity, who is caught up in this mess along with her mother. Ever since Chastity was little she and her mother have been moving around from place to place and changing their names. Chastity didn¿t know why they moved around. After her mother disappears she has to figure out why they¿re on the run and take care of herself at the same time. While trying to find her mother she discovers some interesting facts about her real life. I would rate this book a nine on a scale of one to ten. It keeps you guessing after every chapter. I would recommend this book for anybody that likes mysteries. I would not recommend this book to younger children because of some of the language. Overall, it was a good book and I think that people should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had me of my chair the whole time I was reading it.I couldnt put the book down at all.I read that book in one day. I give that book a 5star rating because it was so wounderful
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿In Quincy, Illinois, I was Lynda Sue Greer. In Deer Park, Washington I was Rose Ford. In Columbus, Ohio, I was Renice Preminger. There are a lot more names but I can¿t remember them.¿ Now she is Chastity Pureheart. She has so many questions and little answers. Chass now find her self in High Hopes, Alabama. Chass is a 16-year-old girl who does not know exactly who she is. She has had many different names and has been on the run for most of her life. The whole problem is she can¿t figure out why. She does not know what she is running from, who her father is, and what her real name is. Her and her mom settle in a town called High Hopes and have been there for three years. On Chastity¿s 16th birthday her mother disappears. Chass is left with no sign of where she might be headed. All she knows is her mother is on the run once again. A few days later the sheriff comes telling her that Chass he only found her purse, car, and blood. Chass does not believe she is dead and starts searching for answers with the help of Ben and Brittany. She is hoping she is left with more answers then questions. This book was one of my favorites. I started to read the book as I realized that you have as many questions as the main character of the book, Chass does. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy reading suspenseful books or mystery. I could not put this book down as soon as you started figuring out bits and pieces you had to put them together like a puzzle. I would say girls, but also guys from ages 12 and up should read this book. I think that because it has a lot of thinking involved and if children under 12 read this book they might not fully understand it in the end. It gave great detail good use of words, and it pulled you in. It almost felt like you where there.