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Shadow of a Doubt

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  126 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Can a teenager forgive his brother and learn to trust again after the older boy is charged with murder?
Paperback, 197 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Peachtree Publishers (first published 2003)
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Ernest "Shadow" Thompson is a teenaged social outcast of the self-imposed variety. He dresses all in black. Yet this is not why he insists upon being called "Shadow."

He insists upon this moniker because, until seven years prior, he followed his older brother everywhere, becoming his virtual "shadow" (get it?). Seven years prior, Shadow's brother ran away after Mom and Dad laid down the law with him, and the boy was never heard from again... until he calls from prison, accused of having killed a
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Mark Frye, author and reviewer for

In SHADOW OF A DOUBT, author S. L. Rottman tackles several issues superbly, weaving the plot and subplots into a multi-layered novel teens will love. While the main issue is family reconciliation, other subjects include alienation, friendship, and the stigma of having a relative in the criminal justice system.

The main character, Shadow, has had to deal with the absence of his older brother for nearly half his life. But when Daniel r
Not quite as good as Rottman's best - Hero and Stetson - this is still an interesting exploration of how those closest to us hurt us, and what forgiveness means. The debate team sub-plot won't much appeal to some reader, but it does provide a vehicle for Shadow to come into his own. Rottman also doesn't adequately telegraph why Dan left home, leaving the reader few options but to chalk his seven year absence up to youthful indiscretion. Didn't quite work for me: I'd have liked to see a bit more ...more
Jenna White
Feb 14, 2008 Jenna White rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who injoy suspenseful books.
Shelves: book-club-books
This book was an awsome book if you like suspense.The throughout the book i did not know what was going to happen next. This book was a bout a boy who oes by the name shadow. He got this nickname because he followed his brother around everywhere. He loved his brother and he was very important to shadow. life was going good till one day when shadow's brother decided to run away from home and shadow and his parents had yet to hear form or seen shadows brother in seven years. One day out of the blu ...more
Mary Bronson
I thought this was a pretty good book. I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the characters and plot of the story. I remember reading this book in High School
This book is about a sophomore in high school named "Shadow" Thompson. He has an older brother named Daniel but he ran away seven years ago. One night, when Shadow is doing his homework, the phone rings. He answers it and it's his brother who he hasn't seen in seven years and he tells Shadow that he needs bail money. The family later finds out that he has been accused of murder. I thought this was a really good book except for the fact that it was a cliff hanger. To find out what happens between ...more
Sonia Liao
May 10, 2007 Sonia Liao rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Younger Teens: Middle School
When I read the back of the cover, I was definitely expecting more from the story. The plot line is set and interesting, yet the writing style and character personality was altogether unappealing and, from what I can tell, not very advanced or developed. The main character, Shadow, irks me and is one of those kids that I absolutely despise, so that may have contributed to my dislike for the book.

Despite my grudges, I have to admit the plot line and such were ok and teach a moral, however. It isn
It was an okay book.
Sandra Strange
15 year old Shadow Thompson’s life has never been the same since his older brother Daniel ran away from home with Shadow’s piggy bank seven years ago. Now he’s entering high school, toying with joining the debate club and, for the first time in a long time, reaching out to a girl who intrigues him and a guy who shares his interest in debate. Then Daniel returns—a stranger accused of murder. Positive with a semi-open ending --good for discussion.

Kathleen Brunnett
YA - This realistic fiction read had a son running away from home at 15 and then calling from jail 7 years later. The book focuses on the younger son that has had to deal with all the emotional fallout since disappearence of his older brother. The brother may be back in their lives, but he is now on trial for murder. Middle schoolers will like it, but I could take it or leave it
Again, another novel for my reluctant readers at school. This one is about a teenage boy who was never very popular and had major trust issues; his brother ran away from home for several years and then returns when he has a run in with the law. However, he turns his life around when he enters high school and even joins the debate team! They did enjoy the novel and it is an easy read!
This book is about 15 year old Shadow Thompson. Readers meet Shadow seven years after his older brother Daniel ran away. Shadow is about to start high school. Shadow is also starts to meet new friends and find a sense of himself. But then Daniel returns and even worse he is accused of murder. Will the family be able to handle the emotional return of Daniel?

Brady M
A very good book. I liked how he changed over time to realize what was actually important to him and his family.
This book was fun to read and I like watching Shadow learn about his brother. I definatly suggest it!!!!
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