Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn

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Based on an actual crime in 1955, this YA novel is at once a mystery and a coming-of-age story. The brutal murder of two teenage girls on the last day of Nora Cunningham’s junior year in high school throws Nora into turmoil. Her certainties—friendships, religion, her prudence, her resolve to find a boyfriend taller than she is—are shaken or cast off altogether. Most people in Elmgrove, Maryland, share the comforting conviction that Buddy Novak, who had every reason to want his ex-girlfriend dead, is responsible for the killings. Nora agrees at first, then begins to doubt Buddy’s guilt, and finally comes to believe him innocent—the lone dissenting voice in Elmgrove. Told from several different perspectives, including that of the murderer, Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls is a suspenseful page-turner with a powerful human drama at its core.
 

About Mary Downing Hahn

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Mary Downing Hahn, a former children's librarian, is the award-winning author of many popular ghost stories, including Deep and Dark and Dangerous and The Old Willis Place. An avid reader, traveler, and all-around arts lover, Ms. Hahn lives in Columbia, Maryland, with her two cats, Oscar and Rufus.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Clarion Books. 343 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The high school year is almost over, there’s a party in the park, and Mister Death will soon be there, rifle in hand.

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In a gripping story all the more chilling for its roots in a real-life crime that touched Hahn's (The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall) life, two Maryland teenage girls are murdered on their way to school in 1956.

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Dark Faerie Tales

The brutal murder of two teenage girls on the last day of Nora Cunningham’s junior year in high school throws Nora into turmoil.

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Portland Book Review

The novel is told from multiple perspectives including Nora, a friend to the girls who are murdered, the diaries of the victims, and the killer himself, a clearly troubled boy who attends the same high school as the girls and is physically abused by his father.

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