Tanzman, Carol M.
THE SHADOW PLACE
Brookfield, CT : Roaring Brook
and Rodney have been best friends forever. As next door neighbors,
they've played together all through elementary school. But now things
are different. They are in 8th grade now and Lissa is spending more
time with her other friends. These friends don't like Rodney and
want Lissa to tell him to get lost. How is she supposed to do that?
She knows Rodney better than anyone. She knows about his abusive
father. She knows about his alcoholic mother who ran away a couple
of years ago. She knows how lonely Rodney is. But, when you're
14, peer pressure can get in your way. After Lissa tells Rodney that
he can't sit with them at lunch anymore, she begins to notice a change
in him. Not just because he's mad or hurt. But a real change.
She discovers that he's spending time in a chat room where the conversation
is all about guns. She also thinks that he may be the one who broke
into the boys' locker room and rigged the pipes so the boys got burned
with hot water. Can Rodney really be behind it? Can Lissa find
a way to save her friend?
Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
Family problems -- Fiction.
Emotional problems -- Fiction.
Secrets -- Fiction.
Online chat groups -- Fiction.
Firearms -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
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