Imagine not being allowed to answer the telephone–EVER. Denny Colbert’s parents believe they have a good reason to forbid their teenage son from ever picking up the phone, and you’ll probably agree after a chapter or two of Robert Cormier’s mystery/horror novel, In the Middle of the Night. The action begins in the past with a sister and brother set to attend a special Halloween magic show in a formerly grand but now old and neglected theater. Tragedy strikes, and dozens of children die. Although he is injured, the teenage theater usher John Paul Colbert survives–and faces lifelong blame. Now the hatred of those who suffered are focusing on Colbert’s son, and their plans appear to include his murder. This is a page turner with a surprising and dark twist at the end. Readers: keep in mind that In the Middle of the Night is set in a time before cell phones. Available in the classroom library.
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