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Two Boys and a Body: Mystery Fiction for Teenage Boys | NoveList | EBSCOhost

The Appeal of Mysteries
(Two Boys and a Body: Mystery Fiction for Teenage Boys)
by Tom Reynolds

"YA mysteries are built around a few basic plot points: a murder, a disappearance, a teenager in danger, or all of these things. They provide the tension that gets and keeps the reader turning pages. Often the first line of the book, or a paragraph or phrase in the first chapter, conveys the essential hooks of the story. Think about the phrase, "two boys and a body," a line from chapter one of Craig Silvey's novel, Jasper Jones"....(snip)

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(This article originally appeared in the April 2012 RA News Newsletter.)