Thoughts on the books I'm reading. Mostly young adult, but some adult and younger grade readers as well.
Book reviews of YA lit and more
As a middle school librarian and hopeful reader of Missouri's high school award books (Gateway nominees), I am reading and reviewing as many young adult and middle grade novels as I can while working on my own writing for this age group.
Monday, June 13, 2011
The Morgue and Me- John C. Ford
This is another book where photography plays a large role. That must be something this year in publishing because this is the third book this month where photography has been key to the plot. This book is a murder mystery told from a high school boy's point of view. I do appreciate that so many of the books on our state nominee list this year are geared to boys because that is a change from how it has been. Christopher is 18 and has decided to get a job in his small town's morgue. Sounds weird, but he is obsessed with spy novels and wants to become a spy, so it is a good fit. Especially when a body comes in that he discovers is not a suicide, but a covered up murder. He befriends a hot, young, rebellious reporter who wants to find the truth and break the story to further her journalism career. This book is a fairly typical, and somewhat predictable, murder mystery, but still a fun read. It would definitely be a light read again for a reluctant boy reader. High school is the most suitable age, but it could probably work with middle school as well. There is no explicit sexual content and not much language.