Local model wanted: must be tall, gorgeous ... and not afraid to die. Third in the series of glossy crime thrillers from a bestselling American author.
Are you dying to be famous.... It seems that every girl in Soundview wants to be a model, singer or actress. They all need super-glam photos for agents and scouts – which works out perfectly for Shelby's photographer dad. He makes a fortune taking pictures of these wannabes ... until the girls start to disappear and he is accused of murder. Shelby knows her dad is innocent and is determined to prove it, and that means finding the real killer.
Todd Strasser is the award-winning author of more than 120 books for children and teenagers, including Give a Boy a Gun, If I Grow Up and The Wave, which sold seven million copies worldwide. Several of his books have been adapted for television, and his novel How I Created My Perfect Prom Date became the feature release Drive Me Crazy. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he has also written for television, newspapers and magazines such as The New Yorker, Esquire and The New York Times. Todd now divides his time between writing books and speaking at schools and conferences. When he's at home, he likes to spend time with his children, fish, play tennis and ski, but his favourite new sport is surfing. He lives in Larchmont, New York state, USA.
Gr 8 Up-Strasser introduces another affluent Soundview resident: high school senior Shelby Sloan. Her father is the chief suspect and only link in an investigation of three missing girls who booked him and his staff to shoot their modeling portfolios. In addition to regular, icy looks and attitudes from students, Shelby deals with constant media coverage and aggressive reporters outside her house. Her life upheaval also includes menacing emails implying that there's more to her dad than she realizes. Convinced that he is not a killer and encouraged by her friend Roman, Shelby begins her own investigation. The deeper she digs, the darker the secrets become, revealing the sketchy pasts of her father and his staff. All of the titles in this cyberthriller trilogy stand alone, but readers who pick up one are likely to enjoy the others. However, Strasser steps up his pacing and story line for Shelby's story. The large list of suspects and number of secrets revealed will keep readers engaged in the rapidly unfolding plot, while the technology embedded into the narrative will appeal most to those who utilize it.-Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.