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The Road of the Dead

by Kevin Brooks

Published by Chicken House / Scholastic, 2006
339 pages
ISBN: 0-439-78623-1

Ages 13-16

Fourteen-year-old Ruben has always had a telepathic connection with his family. When his sister Rachel is away visiting a friend, Ruben knows–without the slightest doubt–the moment she is murdered. With an imprisoned father unavailable to help out, and the police unwilling to provide much information, Ruben and his older brother Cole set out to visit the remote village where Rachel spent her final day. From the moment they first arrive in Lychcombe, it’s obvious that the townspeople are keeping secrets and the brothers are not welcome there. As they persist in unraveling the intrigue lurking beneath the surface, Ruben and Cole find their own lives in danger. Mistaken identity, betrayal, power, and greed all play a role as the plot unwinds, climaxing in a scene of blazing guns and stuntman heroics. The high-octane action finale is balanced by a moody sense of eerie isolation on the Devon moors as a grieving family seeks answers, and revenge.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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