My Sister's Stalker

92p. Holiday House. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2358-3.
Gr 8–11—Springer tackles the complexities of a sibling relationship and a perverse stalker who nearly destroys a family. Fifteen-year-old Rig Ebro is an artsy loner who lives with his bohemian mother while his older sister, Kari, is away at college and practically unreachable. He discovers that his capable and beautiful sister is in serious danger after he finds a creepy, voyeuristic website dedicated to her. In no time, Rig and his father are en route to Kari's college campus where Rig confronts and nearly gets stabbed by the stalker. Rig's narrative is conversational in tone, as if he were retelling the story to a friend. The climax is fast paced and exciting. While this novella is a great recommendation for reluctant readers, it might lack adequate substance for teens accustomed to longer novels that offer more suspenseful buildups.—Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Northampton Community College, Hawley, PA
Distanced from his family after his parents' divorce, Rig turns to the Internet to catch up on his older sister's life in college. What he finds is a disturbing website filled with photos of Kari taken in secret. When his mother dismisses his concerns, Rig asks for his estranged father's help to save Kari. A tight plot and brisk dialogue lead readers to a tidy, abrupt ending.

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