Monday, March 21, 2011

Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

After reading the Wake trilogy by Lisa McMann, I was eager to read more books by her. And this book did not let me down.

Our main character is Kendall, she is a senior in a small town. Kendall has OCD. She has to arrange the classroom every morning, the desks, the curtains, the markers on the board, etc. At the end of the last year, one of the students in the small town, a girl named Tiffany, disappears. Even though the town spends tons of time looking for her, she is never found. Kendall's best friend/boyfriend Nico, is the next to disappear. Right before though, he gets distant, and Kendall wonders what is wrong with him. Some new students have moved to town, and when Kendall finds out the boy Jacian was accused at first of kidnapping or having something to do with Tiffany's disappearance, she looks at him with suspicion. Even when she becomes with his younger sister Marlena. One thing that helps Kendall with her OCD is playing soccer. But when Nico goes missing, and Marlena gets hurt, the small town no longer has enough players for a team. Kendall gets closer to Jacian through socceer.

Soon, Kendall notices that one of the desks keeps getting put out of place when she comes in each morning. And normally the desks only have to be rearranged at the beginning of the year. She realizes it is the same desk that Tiffany and Nico sat at before they disappeared, and so she sits at it, at first just to feel closer to Nico. As she sits there, she hears Nico's voice, telling her she can save him.

And this is where it gets kind of spooky.

A fun, quick read. Again something I'll be recommending to my students and at the bookstore I work at.