Sunday, March 20, 2011

RATTLED by Lisa Harrington

Lydia and her sister Jilly are excited when a new family moves into the house across the street.  The first thing they noticed is the fact that there are two teens moving in, and the second thing is that one of them is an incredibly attractive male.

Lydia and Jilly introduce themselves to Megan and Sam.  The sisters are imagining lots of summer activities involving their new neighbors and anticipating new classmates come fall and the start of the new school year.  All the excitement and anticipation quickly evaporates when the girls meet Megan and Sam's mother. 

Mrs. Swicker is a mean as they come.  On the surface she is nice enough as she greets her new neighbors, but as soon as Lydia and Jilly begin attempting to make friends, she vetoes every activity they suggest.  When she does finally agree to allowing her children to participate, she always tags along and ruins the event.  Soon her negativity and controlling attitude begin to raise suspicion.  Lydia is sure Mrs. Swicker is guilty of some heinous crime and the children are in danger.

RATTLED is a well-needed addition to the mystery genre in teen fiction.  I constantly have students asking for mysteries and finding them is difficult.  This book by debut author Lisa Harrington will be just the ticket for those interested readers, and I'm looking forward to what she has to offer next.

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