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The body of Christopher Creed
Plum-Ucci, Carol, 1957-
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Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, [2000]

Physical Description:
248 pages ; 22 cm
Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.3 11.0 43267.

Reading Counts RC High School 6.1 17 Quiz: 22233 Guided reading level: NR.
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Chris Creed grew up as the class freak--the bullies' punching bag. After he vanished, the weirdness that had once surrounded him began spreading. It was as if a darkness reached out of his void to grab at the most normal, happy people--like some twisted joke or demented form of justice. It tore the town apart. Sixteen-year-old Torey Adams's search for answers opens his eyes to the lies, the pain, and the need to blame when tragedy strikes, and his once-safe world comes crashing down aroundhim.

Author Notes

Carol Plum-Ucci has been widely praised for capturing the heart and voice of teens while seamlessly combining reality with the supernatural. Her first novel, The Body of Christopher Creed , was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and IRA-CBC Children's Choice, and a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. Her subsequent books have all earned much critical acclaim and many award

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

First-novelist Plum-Ucci wraps a well-crafted mystery around a topical issue: the effect teenage intolerance can have on misfits. When class freak Chris Creed suddenly disappears, his fellow students are not so much worried but abuzz with speculation: Is he a runaway, a suicide, a crime victim? Through a complicated but believable turn of events, narrator Torey Adams, a popular 16-year-old, starts to feel some concern and resolves to find the truth. His unlikely allies are two kids of dubious social status: Ali, who is Chris's neighbor, and Ali's boyfriend, Bo, a "boon" (shorthand for boondocks) with a juvenile record. Convinced Chris's mother is to blame for Chris's disappearance, they plan to break into his house to steal his hidden diary in hopes of finding evidence. The plan backfires: Bo is caught, Torey is implicated and all three are the subject of malicious gossip that proves to have dangerous consequences. Told as a flashback, the novel drags slightly at the beginning. Plum-Ucci, however, picks up the pace and builds to a fever pitch near the conclusion, vividly describing Torey's late-night hunt for Chris's body in a nearby Indian burial ground. Readers will likely be enthralled by the mystery, and, even more, they will be moved by Torey's hard-won realization that everyone deserves compassion. Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Carol Plum-Ucci's debut novel (Harcourt, 2000) demonstrates a fine feel for teen speech and thought, and Scott Shina gives it excellent voice as the narrator, high school student Torey Adams. When Christopher, everyone's favorite misfit, turns up missing after an ambiguous suicide or run-away note is e-mailed, events rapidly spiral out of control amid charges, hot tempers, name-calling and many poor choices and bad decisions. Torey, a resilient and well-grounded young man, finds himself in the thick of more hard facts about life than he ever dreamed of, and Shina's narration captures his mind-set, his bewilderment, and ultimately his horror at the story's climax. The voices of other characters are delivered with a subtle change of pitch and tone, but the focus for listeners is always centered on Torey. Listeners are taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions, secrets and revelations, with a fine ghost story thrown in. There's also a brief spell of madness before Torey manages to re-integrate all he has learned the hard way into the "perfect life" that Christopher Creed imagined he had. With its very current teen language patterns, the book may sound dated with the passing of time. But for the foreseeable future, this gripping audio version will find a devoted teen audience as they follow Torey's search. It belongs in every current audio collection aimed at high school age students.-Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.