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Moriarty, Jaclyn. The murder of Bindy Mackenzie.

MORIARTY, Jaclyn. The murder of Bindy Mackenzie. Scholastic, Arthur A. Levine Books. 494p. c2005. 0-439-74051-7. $16.99. JS

Like The Year of Secret Assignments, Moriarty's previous story set in Ashbury High School, near Sydney, Australia, this is inventive, lengthy, and highly entertaining. It is told in a series of letters, journal entries, and e-mail messages. Bindy, the narrator, obsessively writes everything she thinks and witnesses on her ever-present laptop computer, which is how the story is propelled. What is ingenious is how it is revealed that Bindy's judgment is frequently faulty and her observations are inaccurate, because she is seeing everything through her idiosyncratic understanding of herself and others. It's daring for an author to give us a misfit, an unpopular adolescent, as the main character because many YAs just don't want to read about such a person. However, if readers can stay with Bindy long enough to get engrossed in her strange story, they will thoroughly enjoy the twists and turns of the amazing plot. For fans of The Year of Secret Assignments, there are hints at the events from that book scattered around in this one. In the end, it is the intelligent YA reader who loves mysteries and puzzles who will thoroughly enjoy this story. Claire Rosser, KLIATT

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.

S--Recommended for senior high school students.
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Author:Rosser, Claire
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Date:Sep 1, 2006
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