The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci; 2000; $17.00; 248 pages; Harcourt, Inc, Orlando, FL; 978-0-15-202388-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 4/6/14-4/8/14

What is the story?  School outcast Chris Creed has disappeared without a trace after sending an ambiguously worded email to the school principal.  It seems that everyone wants to blame his disappearance on someone else and no one from his parents to the school administrators to the students who bullied him and the students who just treated him badly want to shoulder any responsibility for the disappearance.  His mother, an overbearing, strict woman who succumbed to the mythology of the military insists that nothing she did could have contributed to his disappearance and blames his classmates.  His classmates blame his family and try to slough off any responsibility by making jokes and about Chris and what may have happened. The whole town has secrets and things are not what they seem.  Torey Adams his friend Ali seem to be the only ones in his peer group who have questions, everyone else just wants to move on.  Torey learns that stereotypes are sometimes wrong and those you thought different just have different challenges than you.

Did I like it? Yes, it started a little slowly but soon drew me in and had me reading while ignoring other things.  It was very engrossing and with very interesting and distinctive characters.

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Why did I pick it up?  I read an article about good teen mysteries and this was one of them.

What is with the title of the review?  I was reminded of the TV show Without A Trace about missing persons.