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The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci
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Apr 06, 2008

really liked it

The Body of Christopher Creed is about a high school student who has recently disappeared and some people believe he committed suicide. The story is told from another student’s point of view named Torey and we learn that Creed used to be bullied by everyone in school. The story is about trying to find Creed’s body, or find out where he is if he didn’t commit suicide. Torey and his friends try to find out if Chris was murdered or if someone drove him to commit suicide. They suspect that Mrs. Creed drove him to it because of how much she controlled his life and who he hung out with. At the end of the book Torey is in the woods in the back of his house and stumbles upon a cave that has been blocked by a really big boulder. Torey falls in and sees a dead body with the skin of the body melting away. Torey goes to the hospital and learns that the body belonged to Bob Haines, a kid who everybody had thought had run away a long time ago. The melting of his skin was caused by his body not receiving oxygen for a long time and then suddenly being rushed with it.
The conflict in this book is both internal and external because Torey and his friends are trying to find Creed’s body, but Torey is also struggling with the fact that Creed may not have run away if kids had been nicer to him and Torey is mad himself for treating Creed the way he did all those years.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is in eighth grade through high school because it is really well written and I could really relate to the characters in the book and the author makes the ending really suspenseful. Word count: 306
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