A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Three thugs taunt the main character and knock him off his bicycle with their car. Another boy steals the bicycle, and the main character steals it back.
Violence & Scariness
The main character's family is stalked and murdered.
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Occasional mild to moderate swearing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this absorbing story alternates chapters of a boy traveling toward something mysterious, and an interviewer trying to uncover the boy's memories. Despite its complexity, the compelling writing entrances readers.
Is It Any Good?
Despite the complexity of the story, Robert Cormier sustains the suspense throughout the book, and the alternating chapters of interviews heighten the intrigue. Adam's journey propels the reader forward, and the increasing mystery holds the reader's interest all the way to the final, shocking chapter, which unravels the mystery.
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