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Vanishing Act by John Feinstein
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May 22, 09

bookshelves: young-adult, realistic-fiction
Recommended for: Sports and mystery fans
Read in May, 2009

"Vanishing Act" is about thirteen year old Stevie Thomas and his best friend/crush Susan Carol Anderson. They made sportswriting history before by covering a huge blackmailing scheme at the NBA (or something related to basketball), and now they are ready to view the US Open without any trouble or qualms. However, just as they begin to enjoy the tennis matches, a star player gets kidnapped. Stevie and Susan Carol work with each other to piece together what exactly happened.

It has been awhile since I've read a YA Mystery novel, so I thought I'd soften the blow by reading one related to my favorite sport: tennis. It did ease progressing through some of the book for me. I liked the whole mystery genre thing going on, but I thought the author could have been just a little bit more descriptive at some points. Also, I really, really disliked Stevie's partners name. I mean, Susan Carol? How annoying is that? But based on the actual novel, I give it a well-deserved four stars.
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