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Following Christopher Creed

(Steepleton Chronicles #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  430 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Years later . . . what really happened to Christopher Creed?When Torey Adams posts on his blog that a body has been found in Steepleton—four years after Christopher Creed disappeared—college reporter Mike Mavic sells his laptop and hops a plane to capture the story that will undoubtedly launch his journalistic career. But what Mike finds is a town suffering under a cloud o ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Harcourt Children's Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Karen Keyte
It’s been five years since Christopher Creed disappeared, four since Torey Adams launched his website,, in an attempt to make sense of the the way his classmate vanished into thin air. Five years - and not a single, solitary trace of Chris Creed has ever been found. Then Torey posts a new message on his website: a body has been discovered in the woods outside of Steepleton.

Mike Mavic, a legally blind college reporter who sees more than most, has been a huge fan of f
Rich Stoehr
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
If you're a reader like me, you probably finished The Body of Christopher Creed feeling like it finished well. Mysteries remained, but the story was over as far as we were concerned. If you're like me, you were probably at least a little surprised to see Following Christopher Creed on the shelf, a sequel to the story that didn't seem to need a sequel.

And if you're a reader like me, you're intrigued anyway.

Following Christopher Creed picks up four years after the events of Christopher Creed's sti
Alisha Marie
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
I remember reading The Body of Christopher Creed in high school and LOVING it because it was just so creepy. It was a well-done psychological thriller. And it was my first (psychological thriller, that is), so automatically it has a soft spot in my heart. When I first heard of Following Christopher Creed, I was a bit put-off. The Body of Christopher Creed was so amazing that I feel that it didn't need a sequel. And, unfortunately, I was right. Following Christopher Creed never lives up to the br ...more
Lily Hayes
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a thrilling adventure following Mike Mavic, a visually-challenged college newspaper reporter, as he goes into the search 4 years after the disappearance of Christopher Creed in Steepleton, New Jersey. I liked how they kept it in Mike's perspective throughout the book. And how the author created an event to bring the original characters back into play. I loved that the book would make you have to go back and read over it to make sure you were not just thinking they had said somethin ...more
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I remembered absolutely loving "The Body of Christopher Creed" and not being able to put it down. When I found "Following Christopher Creed" I was beyond excited. I started by re-reading "The Body of Christopher Creed" this morning, and read "Following Christopher Creed" right after. Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the latter. To me, "Following Christopher Creed" was drawn out up until around the last 20 pages or so. Only then, did I develop any sort of appreciation for how the novel had ...more
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved the first book The Body of Christopher Creed, naturally I was surprised as well as ecstatic when I found out Plum-Ucci was writing a fallow-up novel.
I couldn't find the book so I got it on audible and put it on my ipod. Loved it! In the beginning I had a lot of questions about why she would choose to write about a character not in the original book, but by the end it all made sense. If you liked the first one I strongly suggest you read the second.
Sarah Sullivan
May 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
I really liked The Body of Christopher Creed when I first read it, and I really didn't care for this one. I'm not sure if it's a weaker book or I'm just a different reader, to be honest. It might be the difference between being a high school reader and an adult reader, but I was way less interested in the protagonist, and had some real issues with the depiction of women. The twist at the end though was satisfying, and I didn't see it coming until right before it happened. ...more
Jul 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
This sequel certainly wasn't necessary. And after I began reading about Mike, I wasn't convinced that this book would go anywhere, and it didn't. I'm glad that I skipped the middle 250 pages of this unnecessarily long book to FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO Christopher Creed! I wasn't particularly surprised at the twist that Mike is Chris, and I have no problem giving it away now because everyone should be satisfied with the first book and ignore this sequel. ...more
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I never realized that The Body of Christopher Creed had a sequel. Christopher Creed doesn't particularly stand out in my mind, but I love Streams of Babel and sequel, so I'll give this a shot. ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Listened to this on audio for a long car ride and it had many twists! Great mystery! Highly recommended!
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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Petty Lisbon
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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Jul 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved The Body of Christopher Creed and it's gone down as one of my all-time favorite books. But as it's a coming-of-age novel that comments on both society (to take a large-scale view) and high school bullying (to take a smaller-scale view), I was doubtful as to how good a sequel would be. Novels of The Body's caliber and scope don't usually have sequels. Following Christopher Creed turned out to be decent. If not for the ending, though, it wouldn't have come anywhere near wowing m ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: highschool and up
I loved the Body of Christopher Creed, so when I saw this title pop up I grabbed it.

It is a narrated by Mike- a budding journalist. (Yeah! a young person pursuing journalism- I really hope there is a job for him.) Mike attends Randolph College where he became legally blind when he was hit with a baseball pitch. He can sort of see some things as long as he is not stressed or moves his head too quickly he has to protect his eyes with dark sunglasses and uses a service dog.

The story takes place i
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Such an amazing sequel.

Synopsis: Years later . . . what really happened to Christopher Creed? When Torey Adams posts on his blog that a body has been found in Steepleton—four years after Christopher Creed disappeared—college reporter Mike Mavic sells his laptop and hops a plane to capture the story that will undoubtedly launch his journalistic career. But what Mike finds is a town suffering under a cloud of bad frequency and people with an underlying streak of meanness. To the
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
The thing I love most about all Plum-Ucci's novels is this underlying theme: Examine the unexamined truths of your life. No matter what the plot line is, she always asks of her readers (and puts her characters through hell in order) to understand the whys and seek truth as separated from popular opinion. It's why I can't really classify any of her stories as psychological thrillers, though they also are that. It's just that they're also so much more to me.

The Body of Christopher Creed was an exc
Cassandra Hsiao
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Carol Plum-Ucci
Ages 12+

This is one of those rare instances where the sequel lives up to the standard of the first book. Written by Carol Plum-Ucci, Following Christopher Creed tells the story of what happens four years after the events in The Body of Christopher Creed, in which the weird kid in the town of Steepleton suddenly disappeared without a trace. Now, Mike Mavic, a budding journalist, visits the town after hearing about the recent discovery of a dead body. He hopes to write a story on wh
Christopher Creed was bullied unmercifully in his hometown of Steepleton, NJ and his drunken, overbearing mother made his miserable life worse. He mysteriously disappeared four years ago and now Make Mavic, a college journalism major has appeared and so has a body in the woods. Mike and the rest of the world has found all about Chris Creed on a website dedicated to Creed and maintained by up and coming musician and singer/ songwriter Torey Adams. (Adams was the POV character in Th ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
College reported Mike Mavic has been following the disappearance of Christopher Creed and the developments in the case on the blog of a local who was a rock star. When a body is found in Steepleton, Mike and another reporter, RayAnn, he goes to Steepleton to try to get a story. There are lots of wrinkles-- the body ends up being the sister of a boy involved tangentially in the original case, Christopher's brother is thought missing but later turns up in rehab, there is a weird natural phenomenon ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read The Body of Christopher Creed in 2004 at the recommendation of my 6th grade English teacher and it quickly became one of my favorites, and still is to this day.

Browsing the Kindle store yesterday I learned that there was a sequel, so naturally I had to read it. The result? Resounding disappointment.

One of my favorite things of The Body of Christopher Creed was that the ending was left fairly open to interpretation. My teacher told me that "at the end of this book, you know in your heart
I have hesitated to write this review for a while. because I honestly wasn't sure what I would say.

This was simultaneously a very satisfying (harkening back to childhood, wrapping up some loose ends, creating others, revisiting great characters) and very frustrating (slow beginning-and-middle, unstable plot arc, dull secondary characters, slightly off teenager-speak, uneven writing) experience. Overall, I am glad I read it, but I wish we could have had more Ali and Bo and Torey, because they wer
Zoe Elizabeth
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I probably should have reread the first book. There wasn't a whole lot of recapping, so I was a little fuzzy on some of the details of the first book since it had been at least five years since I had read it. That being said, I was inclined to give the book three stars until I got to the very end. It was enticing, but i wasn't big on any of the characters. I found Mike to be rather obnoxious, to be honest. However, the twist that came at the end won me over. So if you're a fan of the first novel ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-books
The original book was suspenseful and addicting, but this one lacked a little something. While I did want to keep reading to find out what would happen, there were too many extraneous unexciting bits that dragged the story down. Actually, I think if they removed all of the quantum thought bits, it would have been fine. Or maybe made those bits more intriguing and less instructive? My 3 is really more like a 3.5. And lastly, I totally guessed the twist at the end about half way through the book. ...more
Donna Rogers
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book totally blew me away. I'm a librarian and have read thousands of books in my lifetime, but I can honestly say, it's been a very long time since I've actually yelled, "OH MY GOD!!!" out loud when I realized what this author had done!! lol I was totally caught by surprise, and that is the best kind of mystery. I have a feeling these two books (#1 The Body of Christopher Creed) are vastly under-appreciated. They are excellent mysteries. I see that she's calling this book #2, so I'm w ...more
Rachel W
Jun 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
i realy loved this book. part of the middle of the story got a bit boring, and some of it i could have done without, but i loved the twist ending. usualy i see that sort of thing comming before it happens in a story, but this one caught me off guard. i didn't realy like all the stuff about justin's problems, i thought it went into it a bit to much there, but i loved hearing about the suicide and how justin related to it. overall, i think this was a very good book and i loved the mystery of what ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I may or may not have read the first book in this series, although it's not necessary for this book to make sense.
It did take awhile for me to get into this book, and the only motivator was "something has to happen soon that will hook me". While that moment never happened, I was glad I read the entire book. Once you get to the last half of the last chapter there is a "Whoa." moment that had me a bit off kilter for awhile after finishing. I quite liked it, although I'm sure there are people out t
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is more like a 2.5*. I would advise people who read The Body of Christopher Creed that this is more like a companion novel than a sequel. I had a hard time staying with the story and it didn't intrigue me enough to keep reading. It just didn't keep my attention. It would have been better had it been shorter, cut out the unnecessary bits, given us the twist at the end and been touted as a novella. ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
At first, I was considering giving this book a 3 star rating, but then I got to the last 10 pages and it threw me for such a loop that it caused me to reevaluate the entire novel. Carol Plum-Ucci has written a worthy follow up to The Body of Christopher Creed, and one that I'm thinking I'll read again. ...more
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Though long-awaited and eagerly-desired by fans, Following Christopher Creed falls far short of its predecessor. While Plum-Ucci’s writing style has improved, her characterization, plot, and message seem half-baked, leaving the reader hungry. Overall, it is a typical, disappointing sequel.

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Carol Plum-Ucci is a young adult novelist and essayist. Plum-Ucci’s most famous work to date is The Body of Christopher Creed, for which she won a Michael L. Printz Award in 2002 and was named a finalist to the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Describing her subjects as "the most common, timeless, and most heart-felt teenagers," Plum-Ucci is widely recognized for her use of the South Jersey shore to set sce ...more

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