A seven-year-old girl has been bludgeoned to death and buried in a pile of leaves. Although the police have no leads, they are pressured to close the case as soon as possible. So they call in a master interrogator to question 12-year-old Jason, the victim's friend and the last person to see her alive. Although Jason is innocent, he is shy, insecure, and wants to give answers that will satisfy everyone. As the questioning becomes more subtle and probing, the interrogator's goal soon shifts from finding justice to gaining a quick confession from the boy. Robert Cormier's award-winning books include I am the cheese and The Chocolate War. This is the final work he completed before his death in November 2001. It is a gripping examination of the powers of suggestion and a dark vision of how easily the seeds of evil can be planted. Scott Shina's narration conveys both the boy's innocence and the cloud of suspicion that grows around him.
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by Robert Cormier
by Carol Plum-Ucci
by Robert Flynn
"This chilling look at a confrontation between a 12-year-old boy and a police interrogator intent on making the kid confess to the murder of a 7-year-old neighbor girl drags during its endless questioning. SHOP is partly about Jason, a confused and trusting innocent, and partly about cops who don't need physical evidence to make up their minds someone is guilty. Scott Shina does fine work differentiating between the voices of young Jason and his adversary, but he can't give listeners anything except what's on the page, and that's guaranteed to make you shudder, not in fear, but in revulsion at the thought that law enforcement could really stoop this low. Not recommended for children under 16. M.C. 2003 YALSA Selection (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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