Sunday, June 10, 2012
48 Hour Book Challenge 2012 #2
My Sister's Stalker by Nancy Springer. Holiday House, 2012.
There is no pigeonholing Nancy Springer as a writer. I have been follower from Sherwood Forest to Camelot to the London of Sherlock Holmes. When I realized The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye: An Enola Holmes Mystery was going to be the last Enola Holmes book, I purposely delayed reading it because I did not want the series to end. Springer's new book is a tightly written thriller.
Children of divorce, Rig and his older sister, Kari do not see each other very often. Kari is at college and Rig is still in high school. He is living with his space cadet mother (you can understand why his parents divorced) when he googles his sister's name one day and discovers an entire website devoted to her. Kari is a sophomore in college but there are photos of her on the site dating back to her high school years. Many of them seem to be recent photos taken from afar. Who is behind this site? Who is stalking his sister? Rig turns to his estranged father for help when his mother refuses to see the photographs as anything threatening.
One of the gratifying aspects of this book, as an grown up reader, was how realistically Rig's father responds to the threat to his daughter. In approximately 100 pages Springer sketches a story that should give young adults pause before they post every moment and location of their lives online. This is a great "quick picks" book.
Posted by Camille at 12:58 PM