The girl in the park

by Fredericks, Mariah.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
Available (5)
Location Collection Call #
Clairton Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA F
Location  Clairton Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA F
Northern Tier Regional Library Young Adult Fiction YA FIC FREDE
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA FIC FREDE
Penn Hills Library Youth Y FRE
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Youth
Call Number  Y FRE
Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA FREDERICKS
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Upper St. Clair Township Library Teen Fiction TEEN MYSTERY FREDERIC
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Teen Fiction
When Wendy Geller's body is found in Central Park after the night of a rager, newspaper headlines scream,"Death in the Park: Party Girl Found Strangled." But shy Rain, once Wendy's best friend, knows there was more to Wendy than just "party girl." As she struggles to separate the friend she knew from the tangle of gossip and headlines, Rain becomes determined to discover the truth about the murder. Written in a voice at once immediate, riveting, and utterly convincing, Mariah Frederick's mystery brilliantly exposes the cracks in this exclusive New York City world and the teenagers that move within it.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Born with a cleft palate, Rain was cruelly mocked by her classmates at the exclusive Alcott School, but after years of speech therapy, her speech has greatly improved. Even so, in her junior year, not talking is still a habit. One friend, Wendy, encouraged Rain: You're brilliant. So give up the silence. But the teens grew apart after Wendy became the school's wild girl. Then Wendy's strangled body is found in a park, and headlines and school gossip paint her as a slut whose behavior led to her random killing. Rain remembers Wendy's kindness, though, and as she realizes that facts aren't adding up, she recognizes that she is going to have to speak up. Fredericks has constructed a taut, suspenseful mystery with convincing characters whose actions and motives propel the plot. Rain is an unusual, compelling protagonist, a watcher who must step reluctantly out of her comfort zone. Observant readers will likely suspect the culprit before Rain, but they will find as much satisfaction in observing Rain's personal growth as in the solving of the intriguing mystery.--Rutan, Lynn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Fredericks's haunting psychological thriller is filtered through the watchful eyes of high school student Rain, as she looks into the death of her classmate Wendy, who is found murdered in Central Park the night after a party. Both outsiders, Rain and Wendy used to be close, but by their junior year they have grown apart. Rain, self-conscious about a speech impediment that is the result of a cleft palate, is a reticent observer of life, while Wendy is, on the surface, an attention-seeking, relationship-wrecking party girl from Long Island. Devastated by Wendy's death and protective of the late teenager's reputation, which is being trashed in the tabloids and at school, Rain fishes around for information, putting herself at risk. Fredericks's mystery unfolds gracefully, revealing the rich inner life that Rain is so reluctant to share, as well as a complex portrait of Wendy, the kind of girl people "love to hate." Rain's voice provides an authentic portrait of grief and powerlessness, while Fredericks (Crunch Time) offers profound, provocative commentary on what it means to grow up in the age of Facebook. Ages 14-up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Murder -- Fiction.
High schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.
Publisher New York :Schwartz & Wade Books,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 217 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780375868436
9780375968433 (glb)
0375968431 (glb)
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