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Author: Armstrong, Kelley et al
Publisher: Impulse/ Macmillan
Year Published: 2019
ISBN: 9781250196392
Grades: Grades 7 to 12

Life is Short and Then You Die: First Encounters With Murder

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Nineteen best-selling and debut mystery writers explore the first time teens are faced with death, not as natural or accidental, but as intentional – murder! Mystery is at the centre of each short story, which deal with the intellectual and emotional impact of encountering murder by the unique protagonists. The tone of the stories differ, from gallows humor, to dark and twisted journeys into the killers’ minds, and from grief to horror to confusion as the mysteries unfold. Whether the teens are solving the crimes or committing them, they take responsibility as they struggle to cope with the experience of murder. Middle school and high school readers will enjoy unravelling the mysteries of these first shocking encounters with murder.
Authors include:
R.L.Stine, Y.S.Lee, Caleb Roehrig, Rachael Vincent, Emmy Laybourne, Melissa Marr, Jonathan Maberry, Barry Lyga, Amanda Witt, Jeff Somers,David Bart, Jeff Soloway, Julie Tollefson, Joseph S. Walker, Stephen Ross, Eileen Rendall and Kelley Armstrong (Editor)
Presented by The Mystery Writers of America

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