A collection of seventeen short stories of mystery, detection, and suspense, emphasizing young protagonists such as a computer genius who breaks a failsafe security system on his trusty Apple computer and a selfish teenager who meets her mother's teenage ghost.
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Grade 7 Up This lively collection of 17 short stories introduced by Joan Lowery Nixon comes from a number of authors, none of whom are known as writers for young people. The stories have been selected to appeal to young adults, and they succeed particularly well because ot their diversity. All appeared originally in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, yet "mystery" is far too narrow a term to describe them. Suspense and skillful depiction of character are the elements that all have in common. Protagonists are of all ages, and the action takes place in such diverse locations as a mountain cabin in Gold Rush days and the Olympic Stadium in modern-day Los Angeles. There are classic puzzlers (with a bow to Christie and Poe), a spy story of sorts, humor, pathos, gritty tales of robbery and murder, and even ghost stories. In J. N. Williamson's "They Never Even See Me," the entire Kelnover family fails to notice that teenaged Raymond has died. Besides being totally absorbing reading, this collection is a wonderful introduction to suspense writing in all of its variety. Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
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Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books (J), 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0152842055
Book Description Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110152842055