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The Body of Christopher Creed (original 2000; edition 2008)

by Carol Plum-Ucci

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Title:The Body of Christopher Creed
Authors:Carol Plum-Ucci
Info:Graphia (2008), Paperback, 276 pages
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Rating:****
Tags:realistic fiction, mystery, homicide, suspense, relatable, adventure, drama, romance, young adult, fiction

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I loved this. Intelligent characters and an intriguing plot. I don't want to read the sequel, content to leave the mystery intact. Great read! ( )
  mmacd3814 | May 30, 2016 |
The high school misfit, Christopher Creed, has disappeared without a trace. People theorize that he has run away, committed suicide or was killed by one of the boons, the town thugs. No one takes it very seriously, except Torey, whose name was mentioned in Chris’ supposed suicide note; Torey’s friend Ali; and her boon boyfriend, Bo. With Chris’ disappearance, Torey soon learns that truth and reality in his town are not what they seem, and that people can make them suit their own needs. Edges on creepy. Lib notes: Swearing, talk of death and murder.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
"The Body of Christopher Creed" is narrated by seventeen year-old, Torey Adams, who is trying to discover the truth about the recent disappearance of a fellow student. As he struggles to find the truth, Torey has to struggle against small town prejudices, stereotypes and deceptions. This book reminded me of "Jasper Jones" by Craig Silvey, which I read earlier this year, but it lacked the humour and charm that was so evident in "Jasper Jones." ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
A great, suspenseful story. I love mysterious disappearances, but only read this one if you’re ok with stories that lack a resolution. It’s very realistic because of this fact. The story of Christopher Creed’s disappearance is framed by Torey’s reasoning for transferring to a private school senior year, which kind of detracts from the story. There is still a lot of suspense, but I don’t think the framework was necessary. Very interested in reading the sequel. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
“He didn’t understand what it was like to have your truths turn to crispy critters in stinking, rotting laughing that smelled like something you could never, ever describe, yet never, ever forget.” (pg 301)

Carol Plum-Ucci’s novel delves deeply into interesting territory as a small town deals with the mysterious disappearance of one of its own, Christopher Creed. The story is told through the compelling narrative voice of Torey, a young boy, who among others, is referenced in the final email received from Chris, the town bully-target. In Torey’s quest for answers, there are some startling secrets uncovered as he only comes face to face with the mysteries, lies, and hypocrisy of adults. There are some dramatic moments in the story, and the ambiguity of the ending is thought-provoking, and suspense-laden. This novel has appeared on curriculum lists in Saskatchewan for English Language Arts and has been used at the grade nine level with ties to identity, decision-making, and relationships. This novel was the winner of the Michael L. Printz Honor in 2001 and the South Carolina Book Award for Young Adults in 2003. ( )
  KoryD | Jul 16, 2013 |
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To Ellen...And Sara, Colleen, Merc, Nathan, Krystle (rest in peace), Amber, Joey, Dave, Rickey, Jon, Brandon, and all the other teenagers who have so richly blessed my life...
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I had hoped that a new start away from Steepleton would make my junior year seem like a hundred years ago, rather than just one.
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When Christopher Creed, the class freak and whipping boy, suddenly disappears without a trace, first his fellow students, then all the citizens of Steepleton join in to speculate on what could have happened to him. As fingers begin pointing the town starts to fall apart and several lives are changed forever. Innovative and intense, The Body of Christopher Creed will grab the reader and hang on until its chilling conclusion. (978-078681641-5)
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The often-tortured class weirdo has disappeared, leaving an enigmatic note on the school library computer. Is he a runaway, a suicide, a murder victim?

Sixteen-year-old Torey Adams and his friends remember beating up Chris Creed when his gentle but obnoxious ways exasperated them. Now that he is gone, they joke uneasily about him to ease their guilt. The town is full of ugly rumors, as Torey's lawyer mother tells them "See, guys, this is what happens when a kid suffers a personal tragedy. Nobody wants to take responsibility. Nobody wants to admit they had a part in it. So, they spend a lot of time pointing the finger, and things just get worse and worse." Suspicion of murder conveniently falls on big, tough Bo Richardson, an outcast "boon" from the boondocks edge of town. Torey's smug assumptions about people are rattled when he discovers that his childhood friend Ali is secretly romantically involved with Bo, who displays surprising tenderness and maturity in caring for her.

The three try to solve the mystery of Chris's disappearance by attempting to steal his diary, but only succeed in implicating themselves, as the town is consumed with rumors and the revelation of adult secrets. Torey begins to find himself distanced from his other friends by his growing understanding of the importance of compassion toward those who are different. The Body of Christopher Creed challenges teens to think about the damage done when lines of exclusion are drawn between people. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell

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Torey Adams, a high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.

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