Other Side of Dark [NOOK Book]

Overview

Stacy wakes up in a room that's not hers, in a  body she doesn't recognize, to discover she's been  in a coma for four years. Her mother is  dead--murdered--and Stacy, recovering from a gunshot wound, is  the only eyewitness to her mother's  murder.


She can recall only a shadowy face, so far. But  the killer is not about to let her reveal ...

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Other Side of Dark

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Overview

Stacy wakes up in a room that's not hers, in a  body she doesn't recognize, to discover she's been  in a coma for four years. Her mother is  dead--murdered--and Stacy, recovering from a gunshot wound, is  the only eyewitness to her mother's  murder.


She can recall only a shadowy face, so far. But  the killer is not about to let her reveal his  identity...

From the Paperback edition.

Seventeen-year-old Stacy awakens from a four-year coma ready to identify, locate, and prosecute the young man who murdered her mother and wounded her.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stacy, 17, awakens from the coma she's been in for four years, following a gunshot wound, and finds her world is drastically altered. The shooting incident that injured her also killed her mother. Her older sister is married and pregnant. Hairstyles, clothing and friends have changed. Stacy, if her memory returns, can put the man who shot her and murdered her mother behind bars. Soon every face she sees looks both familiar and strange, and the attention of a boy named Jeff is welcomed and feared. Because of press reports, the murderer knows that Stacy can find him. She's afraid she's being watched. And when her memory and the truth about the killer come back to her, Stacy faces the darker side of herself. The compelling premise of Stacy's lost years and Nixon's mastery of suspense are gripping. But readers want to know more about Stacy's adjustment; there is no real period of mourning for her mother, and the ending leaves unresolved issues. (12-up)
School Library Journal
Gr 7-10 Awakening from a four-year coma, Stacy learns that the intruder who shot her also killed her mother, and that she was the only witness. Stacy has to come to terms with her new identity: physically a 17 year old, yet mentally still a 13 year old, she has missed four years of growing up and of popular culture. At the same time, she realizes that she has to identify the killer before he can silence her. Stacy is a vivid character whose need to be brought up to date provides some comic moments, such as her confusion at new hair styles and her unfamiliarity with pasta salad. While this mystery is generally tense and dramatic, the first-person narrative does remove the edge from some of the suspense. One other weakness is Stacy's love interest, a narcotics officer masquerading as a high-school senior. Nixon does not convince readers that this 23-year-old man would fall in love with someone who in so many ways thinks and acts like a 13 year old. Yet the clever premise, the quick pace, and the determined protagonist should attract and hold readers. David Gale, ``School Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307539472
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/24/2008
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 143,953
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

JOAN LOWERY NIXON, "the grande dame of young adult mysteries," wrote more than 130 books for young readers. She is the only four-time winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Best Young Adult Mystery Award. She received the award for The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore,The Séance, The Name of the Game Is Murder, and The Other Side of Dark, which also won the California Young Reader Medal.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    ebook version is HORRIBLE

    The ebook version is riddled with mistakes. It's like they scanned the text but didn't check it-- Jeff is often spelled JeflF. I'm is often written Fm. Random mistakes and marks make the book confusing to read.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    didnt like it

    it was too short and hard to follow. it had many spelling and grammar issues. was not worth the money.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

    Good!

    I really really like this book! Its keeps you reading! Loved it! Really intresting!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    what sould be read

    i have to say my teacher was the first oneto tell me about her books when i ran out of auhors to read so she told me to try the hunting i loved it it had every thing then i read this one i xould not put it down if your looking for a good author try joan lawery nixon i know you will her books as much as i did

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    the other side of dark

    this was a great book. stacy, age 17, suddenly comes out of a coma which she had been in for 4 years. she thinks she's 13 and has a lot to get used to. She was in a coma because she got shot. at the same time, her mother was murdered. stacy feels like she needs to identify the murderer and have him punished for what he did. it seems like the murderer's identity is always just out of reach for her. and the killer is not about to let her reveal his identity.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2008

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    For All Mystery Lovers

    First book i ever read by Ms. Nixon and i have been a fan of her novels ever since. Its because of Joan and her mysteries that i still love to and enjoy reading a good mystery book with a great plot and breath-taking turns and outcomes!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2007

    Best Book Ever

    I loved It. Its unpredictable, one never knows what going to happen next. i totally recommend it to anyone, who likes mysterty aand suspense.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Other side if dar Other side of dark

    Thus is honestly the very best books i have ever read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2012

    Best mystery ever written!!!

    This was the best mystery book I have read in a while. It was so unique

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    Amazing book, lots of mistakes

    I really enjoyed this book. When it was at the last scene in the book, my heart was pounding so hard that i thought that everyone could hear. But the only thing that really bothered me was the spelling mistakes. Sometimes, Jeff will de spelled Jeflf and Jeif. And im will be spelled fm. And also i'll be spelled 111.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Ended abruptly

    This was an interesting one. The story caught my interest. Throughout the book I was thinking who could it be that was there on the night before Stacy got shot. And then the ending came and I was like, that's it? I felt it just ended abruptly. Good read, short, but good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    An Amazing Author!

    This book is one of many Nixon books that I read while in middle school! I couldn't put ANY of them down! I LOVED reading her books and inspired me to write my own little short stories. I will ALWAYS love her books and I can guarantee that anyone who likes suspense will like her books- no matter what age you are!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    Birthday Stress!!!!!

    It was my daughter, Krista's birthday. I was stuck from that moment.Now that I'm a single mother, I spend less time with my daughter. I didn't know what to buy for her. Now that she is almost 11, she doesn't like to talk to anyone anymore. She is the soft one. Well, anyway I didin't know what to buy, so I went to Barnes and Nobles on Saturday to buy this book for her. When she opened her gift that day, I thought she was going to say this was the dumbest idea ever. But, she actually jumped on me to hug me!!! Wow, I never knew this would be exciting!! Thanks Barnes and Nobles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    A reviewer

    I've read alot of books but this is the best one yet page turning. I just could not put it down. this is the frist book that I have read by her but I will read some more. It is about this girl who wakes up from a coma 4 years later after being shoot. Her mom is dead murrenderd and she will not rest until her murrered is behind bars. GREAT THRILLER!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2007

    This book is a book to read

    I read this book wheni was in 7th grade in 1990, It had a different cover and i always wondered where i could find it, ( didnt remeber the name of the book) but this book is great, especially if you like suspense and action

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2007

    absolutely amazing

    one of her best books yet. this book puts you in the same situation, and makes you as determined and as upset as the main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2007

    pat

    I didn't enjoy it was horrible J.L.Nixon did really bad with this book,i've read better books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2006

    A reviewer

    This book was awesome and i loved it go joan lowery nixon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2006

    The Other Side of Dark

    The Other Side of the Dark by Joan Lowey Nixon is a spontaneous book. It¿s about a thirteen-year old named Stacy Mcadams, who is shot and goes into a coma for four years. At age seventeen Stacy awakes and finds herself in a hospital. Her father then fills her in on all that happened, like her sister Donna, getting married and being eight months pregnant. This meant that in one month Stacy would be an aunt. Stacy was known by the public, as Sleeping Beauty because she slept for four years and then awoke. Stacy then finds out that the same day she was shot was the same day her mother was killed. After hearing this Stacy is determined to find the murderer who ruined her life. Stacy lives in a state called Texas, located in the United States of America. I enjoyed reading this book because it was very suspenseful, and it made me want to read on and on. In conclusion, for all those readers out there who love mystery books, this is definitely the perfect book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    The Other Side of Dark

    Imagine one day you wake up to discover that you had been in a coma for four years, and you are no longer 13 but now you are 17. This is what happens to Stacy in the book The Other Side of Dark by Joan Lowery Nixon. She found out that her mother had been shot and killed. Stacy could remember the guy that shot her, but she could not see his face. She finally found out who killed her mother, but will he kill her before she can testify against him? This book is an easy read yet it is sophisticated. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a mystery that keeps you reading.

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