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Defender
Contributor(s): McNamee, Graham
ISBN: 0553498959     ISBN-13: 9780553498950
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
    OUR PRICE: $17.81  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: April 2016
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Annotation: Hoping that her basketball talents will help her escape living in a slum building where her father is the superintendent, Tyne discovers the body of a girl in an abandoned basement room and becomes suspicious that her father is leading a double life. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Acceleration. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mystery and detective stories.
Murder; Fiction.
Dating (Social customs); Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2015010242
Lexile Measure: 610
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.60" H x 5.90" W x 0.80" (0.75 lbs) 227 pages
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
Tyne finds a long-undiscovered body in the Toronto "slum tower" where her father is the super. When the body immediately disappears, she investigates, fearing a connection to her troubled family history. While the father-daughter relationship provides a strong emotional heart, the mystery relies on serendipity and info-dumps. Copyright 2016 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 February)

Gr 9 Up—McNamee's bread and butter is dark and twisted stories like this one. Though she may not have grown up in the best neighborhood in Toronto, Tyne has a good head on her shoulders. She has great friends, she's a top player on her basketball team, she's not half bad at school, and she's been raised by a good family. Or at least that's what she thought. After doing a favor for her father, Tyne happens upon the remains of a dead body in the basement of the building that he runs. When she tells him of her discovery, he says that she must be seeing things. But Tyne knows what she saw—and now knows that even your family can have the darkest of secrets. Using information from clues from their neighborhood, Tyne and her best friend, Stick, rush to unravel the enigma of the dead girl. The setting and the protagonists are well realized. The novel's premise sets up an interesting plot but moves too slowly for readers to get swept up in the mystery. VERDICT For a more exciting read with a similar story, teens should turn to the author's Acceleration (Random, 2003).—Caitlin Wilson, Brooklyn Public Library

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2016 March)

Gr 9 Up—McNamee's bread and butter is dark and twisted stories like this one. Though she may not have grown up in the best neighborhood in Toronto, Tyne has a good head on her shoulders. She has great friends, she's a top player on her basketball team, she's not half bad at school, and she's been raised by a good family. Or at least that's what she thought. After doing a favor for her father, Tyne happens upon the remains of a dead body in the basement of the building that he runs. When she tells him of her discovery, he says that she must be seeing things. But Tyne knows what she saw—and now knows that even your family can have the darkest of secrets. Using information from clues from their neighborhood, Tyne and her best friend, Stick, rush to unravel the enigma of the dead girl. The setting and the protagonists are well realized. The novel's premise sets up an interesting plot but moves too slowly for readers to get swept up in the mystery. VERDICT For a more exciting read with a similar story, teens should turn to the author's Acceleration (Random, 2003).—Caitlin Wilson, Brooklyn Public Library

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