Sunday, March 25, 2012
13 Hangmen by Art Corriveau
Corriveau, A. (2012). 13 Hangmen. New York, NY: Amulet Books.
In 13 Hangman, Tony
is approaching his thirteenth birthday when his parents receive the news that
Tony inherited his uncle's house in Boston. Though Zio Anthony visited the
family at Thanksgiving, they have never been close, but the will stipulates
that the family must to move to Boston and Tony has to live in the attic
bedroom. Since Tonys twin brother drive him crazy, he is thrilled with the
promise of his own room. However, when they arrive, immidiately problems pop up
beginning with the next-door
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Great Fun, Interesting Premise
neighbor accusing Tony's dad, Michael, of murdering Zio Anthony. When long dead thirteen year olds begin showing up in Tony's bedroom, it only takes him a little while to to begin putting the mystery together, and save his family.
This book is well thought out, amazingly linked to history, and just great fun to read. The main character is a chunky nerd constantly on the receiving end of his brothers' ridicule. Like many kids today, he lives more in the virtual word, than the real world, but the move pushes him to make decisions and choices that he wouldn't have otherwise made, giving him power that all preteens yearn for and can relate to. The connections to history add depth for the history buff and might hook some others. This is an excellent addition to the middle school crowd that doesn't include vampires or witches. It could even be used as part of a lesson to research the fiction/non-fiction elements of the story.