Looking for JJ

Looking for JJ

Book - 2005
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A gripping and emotionally searing novel about a child murder and the story behind it - a Lovely Bones for the YA market. Three children walked away from the cottages on the edge of the town towards Berwick Waters. Later that day only two of them came back...Alice Tully knows exactly what happened that spring day six years ago, although it's still hard for her to believe it's real. She'll never be able to forget, even though she's trying to lead a normal life - she has a job, friends and a boyfriend whom she adores. She's making a go of things, putting her past behind her at last. But Alice's past is dangerous and violent and sad - and it's about to rip her new life apart. Awards: Winner, Booktrust Teenage Prize, 2004. Shortlist, Whitebread Children's Book Award, 2004 and Carnegie Medal, 2004.
Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, c2005
ISBN: 9780439947701
0439947707
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Cassi 3558
Characteristics: 299 p
Alternative Title: Looking for J.J

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Cdnbookworm Aug 07, 2011

This is a teen novel that is insightful and sad and hopeful. We start the book with Alice Tully, who is trying to create a new life and future for herself. Six years ago Jennifer Jones (JJ) at the age of 11, killed her friend and went to jail for it. She is due to be released and the newspapers are in an uproar about it. What they don't know is that she was secretly placed with a social worker six months earlier and goes by the new identity of Alice Tully. We see how Alice struggles with her guilt even as she makes friends and holds down a job. She even has a boyfriend. But the attention of the newspapers makes her nervous and unsure.
We go back six years and see what Jennifer Jones was doing, the life she was living and the events that led to the terrible tragedy. Why did she do it?
Back with Alice, we see her handle the fast moving events, trying to hold her life together.
The insights into a child's and adolescent's mind are interesting and have the ring of truth. This is a book that will prompt questions and discussion. A great book club read.

Emmy_440 Feb 18, 2011

I totally loved this book it is amazing! I am not really one for murder mysteries but it was one of the best that I have read! It is now one of my favourties! I recomend it to people who love a great murder mysteries! :)

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danerichie
Nov 21, 2009

I'm not normally the type of person who enjoy's mysteries. Especially, ones involving murder. But this book completely changed my mind. I was hooked on it until the end and even then I was craving for more.

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