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Werlin, Nancy
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2001
ISBN 0803726058
When was the last time you looked at yourself in a mirror? For most of us, that was probably this morning. So imagine, if you can, that the image you have of yourself is so awful that you refuse to look at your reflection for over seven years. Then your brother kills himself and you're left feeling that somehow it's your fault because if you hadn't been so wrapped up in your own pain, maybe you would have noticed his. Wouldn't you feel like you needed to do something? Something that might somehow make up for what you hadn't done. In Black Mirror by Nancy Werlin, 16 year old Frances  Leventhal feels that she is partly responsible for her brother Daniel's suicide. So she tries reaching out to his friends and becoming involved in Unity Service, the charitable organization that meant so much to him when he was alive. But instead of being welcomed, she is warned by the members to stay away. Something just isn't right with Unity and Frances is beginning to wonder if that "something" isn't the real reason why her brother is dead.  What are they hiding? And will Frances be able to find out or will finding out mean death for her too?  (Virginia Wright,
SUBJECTS:     Murder -- Fiction.
                        Boarding schools -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Mystery and detective stories.


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