No Such Person…new mystery for grades 7-10


Cooney, Caroline B.  No Such Person.  New York: Delacorte Press, 2015.  978-0-385-74291-7. 246 p.  $17.99.  Gr. 7-10.

Although Lander and Miranda Allerdon are sisters, they are as different as night and day.  Lander is an overachiever who is headed to medical school in the fall, while Miranda is always trying new hobbies but never mastering any.  When Lander falls in love with a handsome stranger, Miranda worries that her sister’s new love interest might be dangerous.  It is not long before Lander goes out on a date and is arrested and charged with murder.  Although all signs point to Lander’s guilt, Miranda is determined to expose the real murderer and prove her sister’s innocence.  A murder mystery full of suspense, the action picks up in the very first chapter of the book and does not stop until the mystery is solved.  THOUGHTS: An excellent choice for mystery fans and/or reluctant readers, this quick and easy read also deals realistically with sibling rivalry in a way that will be relatable to junior high and high school students living in an older sibling’s shadow.

Mystery            Julie Ritter, Montoursville Area High School​

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