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The Body in the Woods

Point Last Seen (Volume 1)

April Henry

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series, The Body in the Woods is full of riveting suspense, putting readers right in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.

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CHAPTER 1

TUESDAY

BLOOD

 

For Alexis Frost, Nick Walker, and Ruby McClure, it all started with a phone call and two texts. It ended with fear and courage, love and loathing, screaming and blood. Lots of blood.

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When the classroom phone rang in American history, Alexis Frost straightened up and blinked, trying to will herself awake as the teacher answered it. She managed to yawn without opening her mouth, the cords stretching tight in her neck. Last night had been another hard one.

“Alexis?” Mrs

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Praise for The Body in the Woods

Praise for The Body in the Woods:

 

"Henry has created not only a gripping mystery, but rich and detailed characters as well . . . The action starts right away, and does not stop until everything comes to a head at the end of the novel." - VOYA

 

"The fast-paced plot, mirroring familiar TV crime procedurals, make this a good choice for reluctant readers, especially as it's impossible to follow the clues and identify the killer before the final showdown." - Booklist

 

"Henry realistically portrays these kids thrust into a real-life horror. Their doubts and fears, as well as their strengths, all ring true and teens will be able to identify with one of the protagonists . . . Give this series opener to fans of character-driven mysteries." - School Library Journal

 

"Quick pacing, an easy-to-follow mystery, and a smidge of real danger make this a likely choice for TV crime drama fans." - BCCB

 

"A fast moving and well-constructed mystery . . . astute readers will be able to solve the puzzle before the final, high-stakes climax." - Kirkus Reviews

 

Praise for The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die:

“A psychological mystery wrapped in a thriller with a smart and resourceful heroine. Great read!” —Alexandra Sokoloff, screenwriter and bestselling thriller author of The Harrowing

“A thrill-packed story with twists and turns you’ll never see coming. Hop on board for an adrenaline fueled ride!” —CJ Lyons, New York Times–bestselling author of Blind Faith

 

Praise for The Night She Disappeared:

“The reader must wait with baited breath to see when and if the characters will uncover the truth as the suspense builds to a fever pitch near the end of the book.” —VOYA

“Fans of intense page-turners . . . will love this one.” —School Library Journal

“It’s a riveting story. . . . Each chapter is a surprise, and the tension builds steadily until the inevitable climactic face off.” —Publishers Weekly

 

Praise for Girl, Stolen:

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
An ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults

Winner of the Truman Readers Award (Missouri state award)

Winner of the Black-Eyed Susan Award (Maryland state award)

Winner of the Young Adult Reading Program (South Dakota state award)

“Constantly interesting and suspenseful.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Thoroughly exciting.” —Booklist

“Readers will be hard-pressed to put this one down before its heart-pounding conclusion.” —School Library Journal

“The pace is impeccable.” —BCCB

“Henry spins a captivating tale that shifts between Cheyenne’s and Griffin’s thoughts. Both are well-built, complex characters, trapped in their own ways by life’s circumstances, which—paired with a relentlessly fast pace—ensures a tense read.” —Publishers Weekly

 

"The author's expertise at plotting a murder mystery and knowledge of police procedure are evident as the novel moves through all the expected moments of a TV crime drama, building to a violent confrontation." -Publishers Weekly

 

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • April Henry

  • April Henry is the New York Times–bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novels Girl, Stolen; The Night She Disappeared; and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die; and the thriller Face of Betrayal, coauthored with Lis Wiehl. April lives in Oregon.

  • April Henry
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