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Silence of Murder
by Dandi Daley Mackall
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Knopf, 2011 (2011)

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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Sixteen-year-old Hope Long refuses to believe her brother Jeremy killed the high school coach, even after the police find the murder weapon under his bed. Now he's on trial for murder. On the advice of Jeremy's lawyer, their mother has Jeremy plead guilty by reason of insanity. Hope races the clock to find the real killer.

Although eighteen-year-old Jeremy is not retarded, most people think he is. And he's not insane. His actions may seem strange to other people, but Hope knows they make sense to Jeremy. Jeremy last spoke when he was nine years old. He can write though. He has beautiful handwriting, his own calligraphy, but he won't explain what happened that day, even to Hope.

Hope and the sheriff's son, Chase, search for clues that will prove Jeremy's innocence. She has a list of suspects that continues to grow as the trial moves forward. Suspense and first love will keep readers turning pages.

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