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Cooney, Caroline B.
New York : Scholastic, 1997.
IL YA, RL 5.5
ISBN 0590988492

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Alice is on the run from the police. Alice gets a strange call from her "dad" telling her to take his beloved car. Then an intruder breaks in to her house. Fearing for her life, she hides. She hears the keyboard to the computer clicking, then he's gone. Alice jumps into the car to meet her dad. When no one shows up, she calls her mother. For an odd reason her mother thinks Alice killed her dad. Then Alice is on the run. She steals and lies. How will she convince everyone she never killed her father? How will she ever get home?  (Jessica, student, Musselman Middle School. Bunker Hill, WV

Booktalk #2

Alice, a sophomore is staying at her dad’s condo in a busy city, when she receives a phone call from her dad. In a tense voice Alice’s dad asked that she drive his Corvette to her favorite ice cream parlor and bring him something. When Alice reply’s with “dad I don’t have my license” her father who at the point Alice couldn’t believe was saying this told her is didn't matter. Alice in a curious way did what he asked, but her father never shows up. Never calls. Then Alice hears an announcement over the radio that Marc Robie was dead and his daughter had confessed the murder. Everyone, including the daughter’s mother, believes that she is guilty. Both the police and murderer are after her? Will the daughter of Mr. Robie ever be caught? (Danielle Marie Queen, High School student)

SUBJECTS:     Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        Murder -- Fiction.
                        Horror stories.


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