• Title: Shadow People
  • Author: J. McDonald
  • Released: 2002-03-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 0
  • ISBN: 0613624068
  • ISBN13: 978-0613624060
  • ASIN: 0613624068
The four of them are united--not by ties of friendship, but rage. Gabriel is haunted by the specters of the thugs, still at large, who murdered his brother Ben for a lousy leather jacket. Lydia is stifled by her hypercontrolling father, who holds her entire family in his viselike grip. Alec wants revenge on all the authority figures who screwed him and made him into a loser high school drop out. And Hollis wants to get back at "the system" that counted out his genius just because it was encased in a small pudgy body that no one would ever take seriously. Though they don't really like each other, this troubled quartet is nevertheless drawn to the idea of the damage they can do if they pool their strength. But then Gem Hennessey unknowingly enters into the equation. Gabriel and Alec are both in love with her. Lydia is seethingly jealous of her, since she wants Gabe for herself. And Hollis sees the destruction of all his great plans if he doesn't get rid of her--permanently.

Joyce McDonald has written a tense psychological teen thriller that raises hard questions about the depth and breadth of adolescent frustration. While some teens will appreciate McDonald's writing as a tightly plotted tale of misguided fury and love gone wrong, more attentive readers will take in McDonald's message that every action has a consequence and that anger can effect change--but only if it is channeled positively. In both action and meaning, Shadow People is a noteworthy addition to post-Columbine adolescent literature. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly McDonald's (Comfort Creek) chilling premise and credible depiction of the gang dynamicApropelled by fearAwill keep the pages turning, but the novel's frequently shifting perspectives among the five principal characters overwhelm the story. When four angry, isolated teens living in rural northwestern New Jersey coincidentally come together one night in an abandoned camp building, they form a strange bond. They begin to commit crimes together, starting with shoplifting and escalating to acts of arson, one of which kills a homeless man. Gabriel, the main character, moved with his family from New York City after his brother's murder; at night, he is haunted by four strange "dark faceless figures" that he calls Shadow People (their symbolism goes unexplained). Lydia hates her parents, a survivalist father who collects gas masks and a mother addicted to prescription drugs. Alec collects guns, and Hollis is the geeky mastermind behind their plans, abandoned by his father. Attractive Gem, who remains outside the group, starts dating Gabriel, but becomes the group's last target. The novel begins with the quartet's torching of Gem's aunt's store, then flashes back to 10 weeks earlier, building up to the event. There are some memorable moments here, as when Lydia recalls how her father tested the family's skills by locking them in the basement with tear gas, and when Gabriel and his sister reminisce about their dead brother. But ultimately, with so many strands to the story, readers can't explore any one of them fully. Ages 12-up. (Nov.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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