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Dreams of the Dead by Christopher Golden
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Jan 23, 2010

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bookshelves: death, girl-hero, japanese, myths-and-gods, play-and-theatre, schools, series, siblings, thriller
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After her mother's sudden death, Kara and her father move to Japan, where he teaches English at her new school. While she has trouble making inroads with the popular soccer girls, two others befriend her easily, including one whose sister was murdered on school grounds by the soccer girls (no spoiler there - it's in the prologue). After some of the soccer girls begin dying off, Kara tries to figure out who killed the girl and why other students are dying in horrible and mysterious ways, eventually turning to her two new friends to help solve the mystery and end the murders.

While the writing wasn't great (lots of cliches and simple, declarative sentences), the plot did pick up speed and moved along for the second two-thirds to a thrilling conclusion. The characters all seem to be made out of cardboard, but the real interest here is for teens interested in Japanese culture (ancient and modern), especially in regards to Noh theatre, which plays a role in the mystery.

First in a series.
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