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Woodson, Marion. My brother's keeper.

Polestar, Raincoast Books, dist. by Advanced Global Distribution (8680 Cambie St., Vancouver, BC, V6P 6M9, Canada). 148p. c2001. 1-55192-488-9. $9.95. J

Fourteen-year-old Sarah investigates the history of her uncle's house while she is visiting there for two weeks. She meets another girl and they work together to find information about Brother Twelve, the cult leader who used to live in the house. He was charismatic and had a lot of people under his sway: people who were willing to give him their money and do what he told them to do. They find old buildings on the grounds and some artifacts also. The investigation is complicated when Sarah keeps having dreams of Brother Twelve and finds herself sleepwalking to the beach.

This is an intriguing story. It is a good commentary on how people get involved in cults and how the leaders are able to have such power over those they lead. The main characters are girls, so it might be harder to get a boy to read this novel, but once started, they will keep reading. Stacey Conrad, M.S. Reading Teacher, Palmyra, MO
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Author:Conrad, Stacey
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Date:Nov 1, 2002
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