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Cooney, Caroline B.
New York : Scholastic, 1999
IL YA RL 5.9
ISBN 0590228544
(2 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

(Walk down the aisle, grab someone's arm, hand him the package with a smile and say “Your friend dropped this.”)  It happened so fast that Billy automatically took the package.  But as he continues up the escalator from the subway he remembers that his friends carried nothing but their backpacks.   Billy's mind races to the school lectures on terrorism.  Ahead of him is a woman with a baby.  Knowing that he cannot toss the package aside, (work way back to student with package and take it back) Billy cradles the package against his chest--and dies.  Why would someone want to kill Billy?  His sister asks this question, and will do whatever it takes to find her brother's killer.  (Mary Huebscher, Librarian, Holy Cross High School, San Antonio, TX 78228 <>)

Booktalk #2

My book is about a family that lives in London. They used to live in New York, but they moved there because of there father's job. The son's name is Billy and their dauther's name is Laura. Well one day when Laura and her brother are getting off the subway to go to school, someone hands Billy a package. He starts hearing a ticking, then boom, Laura's brother is dead. Now she thinks all her friends are the murderers. What should she do? Who killed her brother? Find out in the great book The Terrorist. (Casey , student, Musselman Middle School. Bunker Hill, WV

SUBJECTS:     Terrorism Fiction.
                        London (England) -- Fiction
                        Mystery and detective stories.


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