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In poker, a "tell" is a sign that someone is bluffing. It might be a twitch, a nervous cough, or a glance. David learned a lot about tells as he watched his stepfather play the game. Now the man has been murdered, and the teen lies when a policeman shows up on his doorstep asking questions. The police quickly focus in on him, and in convincing them of his innocence, David thinks back to his stepfather's tells and realizes some long-hidden truths about his family. Embedded in the mystery are two smaller puzzles involving the boy's brother and birth father. Unfortunately, David's questions about why this man disappeared from his life and where he is now are never explained, but they are not central to the plot. The main mystery is wrapped up so quickly and neatly that fans of the genre might be disappointed that it's over so soon. This short novel is aimed at teens with lower reading levels but it will also appeal to others. Overall, the quick pace and David's secret make this a good thriller.
—Sadie MattoxCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"They?" I said. "The cops?"
"What for?" I don't think I ever worked harder at getting just two words out of my mouth. I tried to sound like I had no idea what the cops would want with me.
Posted January 9, 2013
i think this book is really good and i like the way that it makes you think of all the posibilities
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Posted May 17, 2012
Posted January 9, 2013
I think this is a great book, it definitely is the first book I have enjoyed in awhile.
-Zakk Applegate TCHS Class of 2012
Posted April 30, 2010
Are you good at telling when someone is lying? A "tell" is something a person may do which could indicate they aren't telling the truth. This may be a facial expression, a body movement or another kind of habit.
Tells become second nature when gambling or playing cards. This can also be a good skill to have throughout life. After the death of David's gambling stepfather, David must learn who is telling the truth about how much they know. Meanwhile, the police believe David knows a lot more than he is volunteering. Who killed Phil and why?
I would recommend the book to someone who likes to read mystery novels. This book is very fast-paced and the vocabulary is not that difficult. Each chapter ends on a suspenseful note, making you want to continue reading.
The ending didn't give enough information and left so many questions unanswered. What I did like about the book was that the author kept the reader constantly questioning who the possible killer could be.
Posted November 17, 2008
Where did you get the gun? Where did you hide it after you murdered him? How did you even do it? <BR/><BR/>These are all questions that Detective Antonelli asked David, the main character of TELL, after his stepfather, Phil, was shot and killed. <BR/><BR/>All signs pointed to David when the police found out that he was only a block away from the crime scene. Not to mention that he was there with Phil just moments before his stepfather's death. David has no way of talking himself out of this one, because no one else was there when Phil was shot. <BR/><BR/>David stretches the truth and ends up making it harder to claim himself innocent. He has nowhere else to turn but the TRUTH. In the end, which will he choose--juvenile hall, or telling what really happened? <BR/><BR/>Ms. McClintock tells the tale of an amazingly thrilling murder mystery in this beautifully-written book. She can definitely keep the reader attached and interested. A great read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2013
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