When by Victoria Laurie

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“‘I’m not exactly sure when I first started seeing the numbers. My earliest memories are filled with snatches of familiar and unfamiliar faces, each with a set of small black digits floating like shadows just above their foreheads.

Laurie, Victoria. When.  Hyperion, 2015. 323 pages. Hardcover. $17.99, ISBN 978-148470008-2

Maddie can see numbers on people’s foreheads. She can see them if she gets close enough. She can see them in a photo. The first time she knew what those numbers really meant was the day her father died. That’s when she knew she was seeing the person’s death date. After her father died, her mother started drinking – heavily –  and lost her job. To make extra money, her mom hires Maddie out reading death dates for people. This has gotten her the title of witch at school. She has one true friend – Stubby – who stands by her no matter what. Things start to go really bad when Maddie predicts the death date of a boy who goes missing and is later found dead. The FBI are called in and think that Maddie had something to do with it.  When Maddie sees that the death date of a cheerleader that Stubby has a crush on is the following week, Stubby tries to warn her. When she goes missing and is later found dead, the FBI start looking at Stubby. There is quite a bit of circumstantial evidence against Stubby – it is all explainable – but still enough for Stubby to be arrested and put into jail. Will Maddie be next? Can she convince the FBI that she and Stubby aren’t involved? What about the real serial killer?
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When is a Grades 6-9 nominee for the 2016-2017 Black Eyed Susan Award. For more information go to the Maryland Association of School Librarians.



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True Detective by Norah McClintock

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“She was dumped in and alley, but she wasn’t killed there. That’s why they’re going for a search warrant.”

McClintock, Norah. Tru Detective. Orca Book Publishers, 2015. 128 pages. Paperback. $19.95, ISBN 978-1-4598-0379-4

 When Truman’s girlfriend, Natasha, didn’t show up for their date, he was mad and too proud to call her. He got drunk and trashed his house. He was awakened the next morning by the police. Natasha was dead – found in an alley – and Truman is the prime suspect. Things aren’t looking good for Truman so he starts an investigation of his own. He finds out Natasha wasn’t really who she said she was – nothing was exactly as he thought. Will he get to the bottom of this and find out the real truth? Will he find the real killer? Or will he be arrested for her murder? You’ll have to read to find out.

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