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January 17, 2009

Hit and Run

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Hit and Run

Author: R. L. Stine

Page Length: 164

Reading Level: 3

Genre: Fiction-Horror         

PLOT SUMMARY: Cassie was best friends with three high school boys:  Scott, Eddie, and Winks.  The four are all very close to getting their driver’s license. One night they decide to go for a practice drive.  When it is Eddie’s turn to drive, Winks yells loudly, causing Eddie to swerve the car.  This embarrasses Eddie, but just a few nights later, he volunteers to take Cassie, Scott and Winks for a drive in his parent’s car. The driving goes pretty well, and Cassie was surprised that Eddie wasn’t still mad at Winks for his practical joke.  However, on the return home, they accidentally hit and kill a man who was crossing the road.  They agree to keep it a secret but before long weird things related to the accident begin to occur.  The corpse of the man killed is missing from the funeral home, and then the teens start getting strange phone calls. Is the victim really dead?  Has his ghost come back to haunt them? Cassie has trouble determining what is real and what she is dreaming.  

REVIEW: This is a suspenseful book that has unanswered questions at the end of each chapter.  Stine does a great job of keeping the reader engaged as to what is going to happen next.  Students who enjoy suspense and mystery would like this fast paced, easy to read, novel.

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: Human eyeball (p. 5), corpse (p. 150) – neither reference is too offensive if the reader is aware of the subject matter of the story.

AREAS OF TEACHING: Sequence of Events, Supporting Details, Plot, Conflict, and Characters

RELATED BOOKS: Call Waiting, Beach House, and The Boyfriend

MOVIE CONNECTIONS: I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

RELATED WEBSITES:

www.motivationalpro.org/lessonplans/2007-2008/BehindTheFaces.pdf

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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