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There's Someone Inside Your House
Contributor(s): Perkins, Stephanie
ISBN: 0525426019     ISBN-13: 9780525426011
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: September 2017
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Annotation: One year after moving to Nebraska to live with her grandmother, Makani Young is forced to confront dark secrets about her past in Hawaii when a serial killer begins to target her fellow high school students.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Serial murderers; Fiction.
Murder; Fiction.
High schools; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017020419
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (1.02 lbs) 287 pages
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 July #1)

Raised in Hawaii, Makani Young has moved to small-town Nebraska to live with her grandmother. As her senior year begins, students at her new high school are being murdered by what looks to be a serial killer. After the first death, Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss) spaces out the killings (at first), developing Makani's story and establishing her romance with classmate Ollie, a pink-haired loner who, like Makani, has some secrets. In so doing, Perkins lulls readers into a false sense of security before twisting the knife, figuratively and literally. The murders are both grisly and psychologically unnerving, and the novel's intense realism makes them all the more disturbing; Perkins carefully weaves in everyday details that include the casual racism Makani encounters, a football player's worry about sensing symptoms of degenerative brain disease, and past events in Hawaii that Makani keeps to herself—part of the "wall of unspoken, unspeakable history" between her and Ollie. Even after the killer is identified, the body count keeps rising, leaving readers with questions of motive and where it will all end. Ages 14–up. Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, KT Literary. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 September)

Gr 8 Up—In a small town in Nebraska, a series of grisly murders starts with the high school musical's star, who is found with a smiley face carved into her throat. The next one targeted is the football running back, whose head is sliced open and brain slashed. Only high school students are targeted, and recent transfer Makani Young and her friends wonder who will be next while trying to find a pattern in the victims. Meanwhile, Makani is enjoying her blossoming romance with loner Ollie, whose loner status has invited suspicion that he could be the murderer. When Makani is attacked, she and Ollie fight off and identify the attacker. The race is on for the town to catch him, and fear is everywhere. Each character is unique, which is no small feat in this large cast of victims, suspects, and other students. Makani has depth and a history that will resonate with readers. While it might seem that the killer should have been easier to stop earlier between his near misses and careless mistakes, the suspense and action make this a difficult book to put down. The plot is engaging to the very end. VERDICT Recommended for all collections where suspense is popular.—Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ

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