Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April's Reader's Advisory Choice Pick: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield  

Published July 5, 2012 by Dutton Children's Books

Becca can't wait to escape her small town after high school graduation, but the murder of a stranger in her town makes her question whether she is ready for such a change.

What I liked:
The sense of place in this book is phenomenal. When I read a book, I often picture my own home or my own surroundings when things are described. The writing in this book helped me picture a place I had never seen before, and I loved that. The mystery part of this book didn't really excite me, even though there was a twist at the end that I wasn't expecting. I was more interested in Amelia Anne's story than Becca's, and wished we knew more about her. I thought the subplot about the pond didn't really help the overall story.

Reader’s Advisory Challenge:
Mysteries are something that I love to read, but I usually prefer adult titles over YA.  I love reading a mystery when I can't figure out the culprit or the twist before the ending. When I was in high school, I really liked Sue Grafton and Mary Higgins Clark.

Some other Mystery picks for YA:

You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin
Heist Society by Ally Carter
The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
The Girl in the Park by Mariah Fredericks
Clarity by Kim Harrington
All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Blood on My Hands by Todd Strasser
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams

I’ll be back next month with a verse novel pick.

Click to read more about the Reader's Advisory Challenge. 

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