Incident at Loring Groves

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Casssidy Keaton earns good grades, has lots of friends and a good home life. But having spent two weeks at summer camp, she begins her junior year a little bored — and a little restless.

Ken Farquar had "fallen" for Cassidy at camp. Still, he's not sure he really fits in with her crowd — and he's not sure he wants to anyway. Right now, all he knows is that he wants to be ...
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Overview

Casssidy Keaton earns good grades, has lots of friends and a good home life. But having spent two weeks at summer camp, she begins her junior year a little bored — and a little restless.

Ken Farquar had "fallen" for Cassidy at camp. Still, he's not sure he really fits in with her crowd — and he's not sure he wants to anyway. Right now, all he knows is that he wants to be with Cassidy.

But one moonlit night, everything in their lives changes. While partying with their friends, Cassidy and Ken stumble upon a dead body. Suddenly, they are faced with the toughest decision of their lives.

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery.

While partying in an abandoned house with friends who are using drugs, Cassidy and Ken face a difficult decision when they find a classmate murdered and risk implicating themselves if they go to the police.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Levitin creates an ordinary suburban world populated by typical teenagers. Cassidy Keaton knows how to play by the rules; then following a thought-provoking experience at summer camp, she's no longer confident that the rules are always right. Her new boyfriend Ken is on the fast-track to high-school stardom, pushed by an ambitious father. Ken, too, is discovering that he may want different things for himself. At a party gone wild, Cassidy, Ken and their friends stumble upon the body of a long-missing acquaintance. Because they had broken into an empty cabin, and were using marijuana and alcohol, they take a vow of silence and pretend they never saw the body. But both Cassidy and Ken are torn apart by this inaction. The point-of-view is consistently portrayed from these adolescents' perspectives: they are hard on their struggling parents; their thinking does not always follow through to logical consequences. A grim, gritty novel that closes on a bitterly ironic note, Incident at Loring Groves is a searingly honest portrayal of adolescent society. Ages 12-up. (May)
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Gr 7 Up A gripping, well-written problem novel that is based on a true story. The ``incident'' at Loring Groves is the disappearance and murder of a teenage girl. A group of her high-school classmates stumble across her body during a party at an unoccupied cottage that they have broken into. Concerned only for themselves, they decide not to report the body and do their best to forget that the incident ever happened. Two students can't forget, however, and Cassidy Keaton and Ken Farquar struggle with their fears, their consciences, and peer pressure in an effort to come to grips with what the murder has taught them about their classmates and themselves. This is a disturbing and all too believable look at teenagers growing up today. Cassidy and Ken are bright, highly motivated, decent teens who barely notice the drinking and drugs that are commonplace in their group. Both are well aware that the right thing to do is to call the police, but both are desperately concerned with how this could affect their futures, their chances at getting into the best schools, the best clubs, etc. A thought-provoking book that readers won't soon forget. Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline Public Library, Mass.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449703472
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 160
  • Lexile: 450L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    A mystery

    Cassidy Keaton is a good girl and has good grades and Ken Farquar has fallen for her during a summer camp they both went to. After school, a girl, Mary Lou, goes missing mysteriously and now has been missing for several days! Ken and Cassidy go to a school dance one night with some of their friends. Cassidy plans on going over to her best friend Patties and sleeping over after the dance. It was near the end of the dance and Patty and some of her friends were getting bored and wanted to go up to the summerhouse that was closed and have a little fun. Cassidy and Ken were invited to go up there, but, they were not sure about going up ¿ but they did. When they got up there the kids were drinking and doing drugs. When Patty and her boyfriend Ross decided to go out to the car and get some more beer, all of a sudden there was a loud scream!!!! It was Patty. Everyone comes running out of the summerhouse to see what is going on and the kids look down and there is a body and Patty¿s boyfriend said it was just a dummy until he flips it over¿¿¿it was Mary Lou, the girl that had be missing for several days! Now the kids are very scared and don¿t know what to do. So they leave the body there, clean up the summerhouse and leave. Now the kids are forced to live with knowing that Mary Lou is up there or tell. They would get in a lot of trouble if they do tell because the police will think that they killed Mary Lou. What are they going to do? I rate this book a 4 1/2. The book was very suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat. I like how it was written and it had a good ending. It also had a life lesson at the end of the book.

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