Books in the Middle: Reading for Middle School

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It Started with a Journal… September 16, 2016

Filed under: Mystery and Ghost Stories,Realistic Fiction/ Contemporary Fiction — oneilllibrary @ 7:27 pm

Look, he was simply bored. And who wouldn’t be, working for the Toronto Transit imgres-2Authority’s lost and found section. What Duncan thinks is going to be an incredibly boring summer gets turned on its side when he discovers a man’s journal in the book section of the lost and found.

At first, he thinks it is just some weird scribbles, but the closer he reads, the more he realizes this is some disturbed person’s recording of torture. Not only that, but it looks like this person is ready to move on from hurting animals, to stalking and perhaps killing a human. And it appears that he has three in mind and is trying to decide which one to grab.

Duncan can’t believe this is all real, but when the man comes asking for his journal, Duncan also realizes he can’t take the chance that it might, just might be true. What if this man is actually planning to kill one of these women? What can Duncan do about it?

Acceleration by Graham McNamee is a true thriller in every sense. Don’t read this book late at night because you will have nightmares.

Recommended for mature 8th graders due to content and subject matter.


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