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Nov 01 2011

Between by Jessica Warman

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Hardie Grant Egmont, 2011. ISBN 9781742970226
(Ages 14+) Elizabeth Valchar (Liz) is pretty, popular and perfect she also has just about everything she could possibly want. But on the morning of her eighteenth birthday everything changes, she wakes up because of a constant thumping on the side of her families yacht, that she had her birthday party on the night before. At first she thinks it's just a fish stuck between the yacht and the dock, but when she goes to free it what she finds is terrifying, because stuck where she thought there would be a fish is her dead body! She is desperate to find out what happened the night before at her birthday party, to know how she died, but she has forgotten so much of her life. Soon after she dies she is joined by Alex Berg who died the year before, Alex was never one of the popular kids; to Liz and her group he was no one. Together they try to uncover the mysteries of what happened the night Liz died and who killed Alex. As she learns more about the what happened leading up to the time of her death she learns that no one least of all herself is innocent and everyone has their secrets.
I would highly recommend this book, as it is absolutely amazing. I started reading and couldn't put it down and when I did all I wanted to do was pick it up and start reading it again. It is a ghost story, a murder mystery and a love story mixed together, and with the past and the present together throughout the book you learn more of Liz's past as she does and see her and Alex become friends even after how she treated him.
Tahlia Kennewell (Student)

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