Friday, August 10, 2018

When by Victoria Laurie

Imagine looking at someone, in real life, on TV or in an image and seeing the date of their death.  It doesn't matter if it is someone you love, someone you've just met, or a complete stranger.  This is what life is like for Maddie- everywhere she looks, she sees deathdates.  After her father dies, Maddie's mother tries to profit off of her abilities by doing 'readings' for people to let them know when they, or someone they love will die.  The ability means that many people are afraid of her, and don't want to be around her. But at school, Maddie has her best friend Stubby and that is enough. 

However, when young people with a connection to Maddie start turning up dead, things take a turn for the worst.  The police of course don't believe in her ability, and this makes both her and Stubby a suspect in these murders.

I enjoyed reading this story- it actually reads like an adult mystery.  There is really just one part that would give me pause about giving this to students in grade 7 and 8- the police do describe the murder scenes in a bit of detail.  It didn't bother me, but sensitive students might find it a bit much.  It is really only one small part of the book though. 

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