The Unmaking of Duncan Veerick-Betty Levin

  • Title: The Unmaking of Duncan Veerick
  • Author: Betty Levin
  • Released: 2007-10-01
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  • Pages: 212
  • ISBN: 1932425969
  • ISBN13: 978-1932425963
  • ASIN: 1932425969

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Review When Duncan's parents recruit him to take care of the old neighbor lady's dog, he goes very unwillingly. She has had a stroke, and when Duncan enters the house he finds it filled with junk, but there are also things she considers treasures. When the old lady's nephew shows up, she asks Duncan to help her hide some of it. This book grabs readers by the shirt and drags them in within the first page. Readers will not be able to put this book down. Within the first few pages, they know a crime has been committed, the main character is a suspect, and that an unlikely friendship is formed. The characters in this story are so believable. Young readers will identify with Duncan and his predicament. The mystery and suspense are woven nicely into this story. The main character is unjustly accused of arson, and the lessons he learns about the people in his life are insightful. He learns whom he can really count on, and some of those people might surprise readers. --Library Media Connection

The book draws skillfully on the powerlessness of young people caught between underinformed adult authorities and bereft of the power to control situations themselves; Levin also creates credible characterization and human dynamics in Duncan's sort-of-friendship with his classmate Tracy and with Duncan's parents' regretful suspicions about their own son. Readers will take Duncan's part with righteous indignation, fully understanding his dilemma and cheering his attempts to exonerate himself. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

About the Author Betty Levin lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts as a sheep farmer, border collie trainer, and children's novelist whose many books include The Keeping Room, The Ice Bear, The Trouble With Gramary, winner of the Judy Lopez Memorial Foundation Award, Fire in the Wind, Island Bound, Shadow-Catcher, Away to Me, Moss and its sequels, and Shoddy Cove. pdf