Sunday, January 22, 2006
Sorrells, Walter. 2005. FAKE ID. New York: Dutton. ISBN 0525475141 [Suggested Grade Levels 9 and up]
Sorrells creates a fast-paced mystery adventure that keeps readers on their toes grabbing for clues to solve the story before the end. With twists and turns along the way, the characters run into new directions in each chapter.
A teenage girl (Chastity Pureheart) and her mother have been running from something since Chastity was a baby, only she has no idea what they are running from. On the night of her sixteenth birthday, things finally come to a head. Her mother disappears and not knowing whether or not she is alive or dead, Chastity begins to search for her, picking up clues that will eventually lead her to her true identity.
The language is simple, not flowery or elaborate, as seen in this excerpt: “A cell phone might have all kinds of information in it. Maybe even the phone number for whoever had sent him out here after me . . . I grabbed [the phone] . . . [Then] I heard a noise behind me” (173).
The story is designed to keep the reader engaged from beginning to end. Definitely a page-turner.
Teenagers can imagine that they are on the run. What might they be running from? Where would they go?
Book by the same author:
PROOF OF INTENT: A CHARLEY SLOAN COURTROOM THRILLER.. ISBN 0312986335
By Paige A. Poe