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The Girl in the Park


  • Rain’s voice provides an authentic portrait of grief and powerlessness, while Fredericks (Crunch Time) offers profound, provocative commentary on what it means to grow up in the age of Facebook.
  • [B]oth Rain and Wendy emerge as fully rounded, flawed characters that teens will recognize and connect with. A satisfying whodunit with enough clues and red herrings to keep mystery fans happy.
    Kirkus Reviews
  • The story starts off slowly, gradually building to a surprise ending. Rather than a heavy-handed explanation of Rain’s cleft palate, details are sprinkled throughout the story, building readers’ understanding of her communication difficulties and readers’ compassion for her.
    School Library Journal
  • The mystery unravels amidst a sensitive exploration of Rain’s coming to terms with her own quiet, demure personality, with its flaws and its advantages measured against Wendy’s extroversion and desire for recognition and love. The crime itself offers up multiple suspects before a triumphant resolution tinged with melancholy, a conclusion that highlights the fact that while growth is certainly possible, some people, unfortunately, never make it past the slights of high school.
    The Bulletin of the Center for Children


Henry, April. The Night She Disappeared. Henry Holt and Co, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0805092622.

Fredericks, Mariah. Head Games. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1416913351.

McMann, Lisa. Dead to You. Simon Pulse, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1442403888.