The Silence of Murder

Winner of 2012 Edgar Award (Young Adult Category)

Written by Dandi Daley Mackall

This book is full of unforgetable characters. Hope is sixteen, and her younger brother, Jeremy, hasn’t spoken a word out loud since he was nine and slapped by their alcoholic mother. Coach is found dead, murdered on his ranch and Jeremy is seen running from there with the bloodied murder weapon in his hands. We follow these characters through the town and trial of Jeremy for the murder through the eyes and voice of Hope. Of course it has a surprise ending as they find a solution to the crime and their lives.

Review by Fay Mason, Churchill Jr. High Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 5-9

The Silence of Murder
Written by Dandi Daley Mackall
Alfred A. Knopf
327 pages
Release Date: October 11, 2011
ISBN: 9780375868962 (hardcover)

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6 thoughts on “The Silence of Murder”

  1. This sounds like it might be a good book to suggest for boys. Especially those who do not like all the fantasy and dystopic books out there right now. I think I’ll put this one on my to ready list.

  2. Wow! This book sounds like something that’s a little more realistic than distopia. sounds like an exciting change of pace. Maybe a thriller?

  3. Debbie Solberg

    We seem to have a never ending request for mysteries…especially murder ones. Being an award winner helps to shift this to the top of the list of books to add to our library

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