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Dead Girls Don't Write Letters by Gail Giles
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Aug 14, 12

bookshelves: young-adult-books, mystery
Read in June, 2012

Although this book is sometimes listed as a children's book, I would only recommend this book to more emotionally mature children between the ages of 10 and 12. Really, it is more of a young adult novel. The writing style and language is easy enough for probably even 8 to 10 year olds to understand, but the themes this book deals with are very dark, such as depression, alcoholism, hatred, and escapism. These are important things for children to understand, but this book presents them in a very blunt, relentless way with no real sense of hope or redemption for any of these characters. This would make it difficult for children who are not emotionally prepared to handle and even understand. That being said, this book presents a very intriguing mystery that hooks the reader with the very first line, and it ends with a twist that can be interpreted many different ways. This would be a good choice for a read aloud book for older children because it will stimulate good discussion while also giving the person reading it aloud a good opportunity to teach the children about these more difficult realities of life.
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