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Black Rabbit Summer

by Kevin Brooks

Published by U.S. edition: The Chicken House / Scholastic, 2008
488 pages
ISBN: 978𢠧45057523

Age 13 and older

Kevin Brooks is without a doubt one of the most interesting young adult authors to come out of the United Kingdom in the past several years. Like his earlier books, Black Rabbit Summer reflects his interest in detective novels and deals with teens facing repercussions and fallout from decisions they didn抰 think through. Sixteen-year-old Pete, the narrator, and his once-close childhood friends Eric, Nicole, Pauly, and Raymond have grown up and apart since their days in primary school. Twins Eric and Nicole are about to move to France with their family. Before they leave, Nicole wants to get the group together in their old hideout and then attend a local carnival, just for old time抯 sake. It quickly becomes obvious that they have nothing in common any longer梩heir interactions are awkward, their class differences more sharply defined. At the carnival, they go their separate ways. But the disappearance of a local teen celebrity at the carnival soon implicates gentle Raymond, who was seen with her and who has also disappeared. Pete is certain that his old friend梙is true friend梚s innocent. Determined to prove it, he begins to retrace Raymond抯 steps that night, and in doing so he stumbles upon the footprints of all the others from the hideout. It turns out his old friends have secrets. Those secrets lead Pete down surprising paths, taking readers right along with him as the twists and turns draw ever closer to the heart of at least one mystery.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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