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Ask the Dark
by Henry Turner
There is a dark house, windows covered in plastic. In that house are boxes with old clothes and jewelry. There are boys, boys who have gone missing. Boys that are found, dead after having been tortured. What do these things have in common?
Billy hasn't always been a good kid, in fact he used to get in trouble a lot. But when his mother died, he made a promise to her that he would stop getting in trouble. The problem was, the town had already made up their mind about Billy, and they had designated him the local bad boy.
So when Billy has evidence that might help figure out who is taking boys, he has to make sure that he has proof. Told from Billy's point of view, this is his story of the events that lead to the rescue of the town Golden Boy and discovery of just what was going on in the dark house. Spoiler alert: it's not good!!!
Reading in Billy's small town vernacular can be frustrating at times, but his voice comes through. This is a quick read that might appeal to reluctant readers, but more likely to those students who enjoy a good mystery. Either way, I think it would be a good addition to a middle school library.