When her eighteen-year-old mute brother is accused of murdering Coach Johnson, sixteen-year-old Hope works to find the real killer with the help of her two friends, T.J. and Chase.
This is a complex story with many suspects, interwoven subplots, and even a love triangle. While there is no swearing or explicit sexual content, still the story is serious and for older readers because of Hope’s mother who is abusive, promiscuous, and alcoholic. Hope talks about attending church, and in one scene, a church member that meets Hope is public tells her that people at church are praying for her.
Dandi Daley Mackall writes prolifically for readers ranging from elementary level through adult. A variety of Christian publishers have put out her books including Tyndale, Zonderkidz, Standard, Concordia, David C. Cook and Thomas Nelson among others. She has also worked with such notable publishers as Harcourt and Bloomsbury.
One of her books, Eva Underground, is very popular with our high school students and is included on our 9th-10th grade suggested reading list at Webster Christian School. I will recommend this book to high school students who enjoy a good mystery.
Awards/Lists: Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Novel, 2012.