Picture Perfect

Picture Perfect

by Elaine Marie Alphin

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When Ian Slater's best friend, Teddy, suddenly vanishes, it's up to Ian to find out what happened. He and Teddy were supposed to take photographs together on the day Teddy disappearedbut Teddy never showed up. Rumors are flying, and everyone looks to Ian for answers. Has Teddy run away, searching for the father he's never met? Or has something more sinister happened? Ian doesn't know, and he can't quite remember everything that happened the day Teddy vanished. On top of that, he keeps having terrifying dreams and hearing strange voices. People are starting to say he's acting strangely, and the sheriff keeps questioning him. As Ian tries to hold it all together and search for clues to Teddy's disappearance, he strives to present those around him with the picture of a normal kid. But the more he finds out, the less he understands. How well does he really know Teddy? How well does he even know himself?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467766029
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Since her first novel for young readers appeared in 1991, Elaine Marie Alphin published 27 books for young people and one for adults (about writing for young people). Elaine wrote for readers of all ages, from Davy Crockett in Lerner's History Makers series for beginning readers up through teenage mysteries such as Counterfeit Son, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult mystery. Elaine loved research, and that love impacted all of her writing, from biographies for middle grade readers like I Have Not Yet Begun To Fight: A Story About John Paul Jones in the Creative Minds series through young adult fiction such as the history-inspired mystery, The Perfect Shot to the stand-alone nonfiction young adult book An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank.

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Picture Perfect 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
librisissimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Substance: Journey of a young-adult boy into manhood, learning to accept himself and his talents and reject disparaging characterizations by others. The protagonist and other major actors all feel that they are suppressing their real, unlovable, selves.Alphin echoes much of Orson Scott Card's critical narratives about "telling true stories" when the characters talk about "painting true pictures" and "taking true photos" although the effect is not derivative.Style: The first-person narrative works pretty well, and has significant power in depicting the protagonists internal struggles.NOTES:p. 102-103: (on propaganda, which is a prime component of the protagonist's transition to "wholeness")
MSLMC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This disturbing story will be enjoyed by the readers who clamor for books after ¿A Child Called It.¿
gbartlett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ian and his friend Teddy both love photography. They both work on the school paper and yearbook. When Teddy disappears, Ian has to face some unpleasant facts about his family and himself. He zones out sometimes and doesn't know what really happens. Did he kill Teddy? Did he zone out during the time Teddy was hurt? Is his abusive father responsible for all of the disappearances that are happening to his friends?This was a great mystery. The author ties together what they have been learning in school to Ian's problems. You see Ian grow and change throughout the story. The split personalities are difficult to understand until you realize what is happening to Ian. This is definitely a boy book, with almost all of the characters being male. Sara is a friend of Ian's who comes into the story towards the end. She is the only female character, besides the boy's mothers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems good in the review....is it worth the money $$$$ how ever much money it is? Is it appropriate for 12 year olds? BOYS OR GIRLS????? PLEASE RESPOND BACK TO BOOKWORM/PAIGE!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to do this book as a report and i loved it. IT is a must read for young, mature readers. Is kind of hard to follow.