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Duncan, Lois

New York : Dell, 1990.
IL YA RL 6.4 .
ISBN 0440207290
(3 booktalks)
Booktalk #1

April and her family leave town in a rush because her father has given evidence in a drug trial and has been the target of a hit man. With her new identity, she's spotted by an old friend at Disney World. New friends in the sleepy Florida town they've moved to aren't helping her adjust -- they're pressuring her to conform to the drinking and bowing to the demand of the cute conceited tennis star of the school. An interesting detail about this book is that the hitman, Vamp has the same name as a suspect in the twisted tale of the real-life murder of author Lois Duncan's daughter Kaitlyn. The wield thing is this novel was published before her daughter's murder. Readers might want to read "Who Killed My Daughter" and get leads on other bizarre coincidences.

Booktalk #2

April's father was a witness in a trial and he was receiving letters threatening his life and the life of his family. The FBI suddenly puts April's family in the witness protection program. Without any warning, April has stood up her boyfriend for a date, the Prom, and now his graduation. All without any notice or explanation. April decides she must send some message to her boyfriend and decides to sneak a letter out to him. She has to slip out at night just to get the letter mailed. (Read some of page 37-38). But now that she's disobeyed her bodyguard, will it put the family in danger? Read the book and find out.
(Odile Heisel., Library Media Specialist, Plains Elementary School , 225 American Legion Rd., Timberville, VA 22853)

Booktalk #3

Are you in 8th-12th grade and interested by a good realistic mystery book about assassins, witness protection, and a man working undercover for the F.B.I? Well than listen up because this is the right book for you. In the book Don't Look Behind You, by Lois Duncan, April, an average teenage girl, finds out that her father is working undercover for his friend in the F.B.I. to catch a man involved in a drug ring. Because of the business April's father is doing for the F.B.I. April and her family are placed in witness protection. Little does she know that her father is thought to know more than he does by people in the drug ring. They are sending assassins to kill her father and or his family. April tries one little innocent attempt to salvage her lost identity. She loved her identity so much, which included her boyfriend, her friends, her school, and even her memories. This sets a deadly spiral of danger into motion for April and her family. Join April on her journey through the Federal Witness Security Program while being hunted down by assassins to see if she makes it out dead or alive.  (Luke S., student)

SUBJECTS:     Mystery fiction


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