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Kerr, M. E.
New York : HarperTrophy, 2001.
ISBN 0064472639
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John Fell is a high school senior, the son of a deceased detective, and in love with a girl way above his social station, Helen Keating or Keats for short.  Fell lives with his shop-a-holic mother and five year old sister, Jazzy.  Besides Keats, Fell loves to cook and hopes to one day become a chef with his own restaurant.  But this summer changes everything for Fell.  Unliked by Keats' father, Fell soon discovers that Keats is seeing someone behind his back, even stands him up for the prom to be with the other guy.  Fell makes this discovery after he accidentally backs into Keats' neighbors' car.  This chance meeting with Mr. Woodrow Pingree sets the stage for an unusual proposition.  Mr. Pingree offers Fell the chance to go to prestigious Gardner, a select prep school in a small town in Pennsylvania complete with a secret society called Sevens.  The catch is that Fell must switch identities with Pingree's' son, Ping, who will go to school in Switzerland instead.  There's a lot of money in it for Fell and his family if he takes the deal.  Is this his chance for a bright future, or is there more to this deal than meets the eye?  This book reads like an old Raymond Chandler detective novel complete with a mysterious beauty masquerading as a new love.  Kerr introduces the character of John Fell as a smart observer of human nature who is unwittingly manipulated into revealing a dangerous secret.  (Cerese Long,, White Knoll Middle School, West Columbia, S.C.)
SUBJECTS:     Boarding schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Secret societies -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.


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