The Night My Sister Went Missing
A tiny pistol, passed from friend to friend at a party on an abandoned pier, suddenly fires - and Casey Carmody falls into the water below. Kurt, Casey's older brother, endures a seemingly endless night at the police station while the coast guard searches for his sister and his friends are questioned, one by one. Was the gunfire accidental or deliberate? Or was the whole drama one of Casey's practical jokes? And where is Casey - or her body - now?
- Paperback | 216 pages
- 127 x 175.26 x 17.78mm | 158.76g
- 01 Nov 2008
- Harcourt Children's Books
- United States
About Carol Plum-Ucci
CAROL PLUM-UCCI is the acclaimed author of The Body of Christopher Creed, a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. She lives in New Jersey.
"* "Plum-Ucci can tell a heck of a story... Readers will race to the ending and won't guess it until they get there." - Booklist."
Our customer reviews
Carol Plum-Ucci is a phenomenal writer who mixes elements of thrillers, mysteries, and problem novels with great success. In her latest, THE NIGHT MY SISTER WENT MISSING, she covers familiar territory from earlier novels without costing the story a suspenseful edge or satisfying conclusion. With her usual cast of sympathetic characters, readers are drawn into the story and feel as if they have a stake in the outcome. The narrator, Kurt Carmody, learns the details of his sister\'s disappearance while eavesdropping on an interrogation room at police headquarters. Although there were many people there when Casey Carmody vanished, including Kurt himself, each witness\' testimony is limited by personal bias against the main suspect, Stacy Kearn. Stacy and her father appear to be guilty of several crimes as well as an assortment of inappropriate personality quirks. Yet readers are wise not to rush to judgment in the story. No one and nothing is as it appears, neither those under suspicion for Casey\'s disappearance nor those who rush to help her and claim innocence. Like her earlier novels, particularly THE BODY OF CHRISTOPHER CREED and WHAT HAPPENED TO LANI GARVER, Plum-Ucci creates a realistic sense of community guilt for the mysterious, tragic events in the lives of teenagers. Those who are viewed as outsiders and are made to feel unwelcome suffer for the intolerance of others. This message rings through the novels closing chapters without overpowering the reader. As in previous novels, the author tackles community myths and legends in order to show that there\'s usually a logical reason behind so-called paranormal events. Although the ghost of a suicide victim is given short-play in this novel, this subplot is engaging enough to leave the reader in doubt about the nature of Casey\'s disappearance until the novel\'s conclusion. There may be no better mystery writer in today\'s market for maintaining tension without sacrificing realistic endings than Ms. Plum-Ucci. Five stars. Highly recommended.show moreby TeensReadToo