THE LOVELY BONES, by Alice Sebold
Interest Level: Upper Grades
This is a story told by a young girl names Susie. (Who, by the way, is dead and in heaven.) In this book she tells your the story of her rape and death, which was caused by her neighbor, and the aftermath of what happened to her body. All the while she is watching over her family's forever changed life. She watches her family slowly falling apart and the investigation to find her missing body, all the while questioning herself why. Why hadn't she done what she was supposed to do, why hadn't she noticed that something was wrong? This book is verrrrrrry good and brings you to think that it could be about anyone--even yourself--even those close to you could be dangerous. This is the very first book that I read from Mrs. Schauer's collection and I loved it--and recommend it.