Acceleration by Graham McNamee
I chose to feature this book again because it’s one of the most popular ones when Ms.Goldstein-Erickson and I booktalk titles for classes. It starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up until the end, a quality that guarantees its interest for teen readers.
Duncan has been forced by his dad to work in the Lost and Found department of the Toronto underground subway. Could it be more boring? Only his friend’s job at the Burger Barn sounds worse! But when he finds a journal written by what sounds like a serial killer in training, he can’t help but try to stop him. At first he tries to turn the book into the police, but they basically laugh at him, telling him the whole diary is part of some nut case’s imagination.
But Duncan can’t let it go. With his two best friends, he works on tracking down the killer before he is actually able to carry out his chilling plan. All I can say is that before the book is over, we get to see the killer’s torture chamber before he takes chasing Duncan, determined to make him his first victim.
I recommend this book to readers who like fast-paced mysteries and books that keep you on the edge of your seat.