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Facing the dark
Harrison, Michael, 1939-
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Publication Information:
New York : Holiday House, 2000.

Physical Description:
128 pages ; 22 cm
When his father is arrested for the murder of a rival cab driver, Simon joins forces with the victim's daughter Charley to find out what really happened.
Reading Level:
680 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.0 6.0 43257.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.3 10 Quiz: 23817 Guided reading level: NR.
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The accused's son and the victim's daughter uncover evidence in this murder mystery.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-From its opening sentence ("Dad was arrested for murder on Tuesday"), Facing the Dark is a nonstop, suspenseful adventure-mystery. Simon Lomond's father, an owner-operator cab driver, is blamed for the brutal murder of a rival cab company's president. Simon cannot reconcile the father that he knows with the brutality of the crime he is charged with committing. Life also changes tragically and horribly for the slain man's daughter, Charlotte Westcot. As the two teens struggle to understand their personal tragedies, they meet and begin to investigate. They turn up confusing and contradictory evidence, and danger soon threatens their very lives. The narration switches back and forth between the two and provides differing perspectives on the event. Both are victims of events beyond their control but they are spirited, bright, and brave enough to take action. The teens seem to speak at times as though they are writing in a journal. Simon "sees" newspaper articles and headlines about what might happen to him. These narrative interludes are often hilarious (Simon's "Instructions for escaping from a shed" are delicious), but they are also revealing. The literary device not only gives readers an insight into the spirit of the protagonists, but also suggests the separation they feel from everyone. This satisfying mystery may start a run on other British young adult novels.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library District, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.