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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
Everyone knows someone like Christopher Creed. He is, after all, the kid you love to hate. He'll treat you like his best friend, hanging onto your every word, following you everywhere you go, even as you tell him to go away. He'll get up, smiling, after you've punched him in the mouth for saying something totally inappropriate. He's the kid we see at every high school:...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but for older teens
The book is engaging and interesting but there is a lot of cursing and it is fairly sexually explicit. Unfortunately, the editorial reviews do not mention this. I would recommend it to 16 and up, not 12 and up. Just a warning to parents and teachers if you care about this kind of stuff. In an attempt to be "authentic", it seems coarseness is thought to be OK. But the best...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, Aug. 24 2007
This review is from: The Body of Christopher Creed (Paperback)
Everyone knows someone like Christopher Creed. He is, after all, the kid you love to hate. He'll treat you like his best friend, hanging onto your every word, following you everywhere you go, even as you tell him to go away. He'll get up, smiling, after you've punched him in the mouth for saying something totally inappropriate. He's the kid we see at every high school: the one with no friends, who thinks he knows everything, loathed by all and yet oblivious to our hatred.

Except Christopher Creed wasn't totally oblivious, as shown by the email he sends to the school principal the day he ends up missing. No one seems to know for sure whether Creed was contemplating running away or committing suicide--all they know is that he's gone, disappeared as if he'd never lived in the town of Steepleton at all.

For Victor "Torey" Adams, the day Chris Creed drops off the face of the Earth is a defining, and life-altering, day for him. Suddenly confused by the way he's treated Creed in the past, ashamed by the pure glee that his fellow students seem to get out of speculating what happened to the missing teen, Torey is disillusioned with his life--and so sets out to discover what truly happened to Christopher Creed the day he went missing.

Along with two unlikely allies, a once-popular girl now considered to be an easy lay and a "boon" boy from the wrong side of the tracks, Torey has become obsessed with unearthing clues to Creed's mysterious disappearance. As he learns more about the strange happenings in the Creed home, as he becomes convinced that Christopher's mother is hiding something, as he wanders the woods looking for a body, Torey learns something about the way the world works--and it isn't pretty.

THE BODY OF CHRISTOPHER CREED is an engaging mystery, but it's also a look into the life and times of every high school in the world. The cliques, the drama, the need to belong. The bullying, the hatred, the intense pressure to fit in. Ms. Plum-Ucci has penned a book that goes straight to the heart of the matter. When things are unbearable in your life, when fiction is preferable to fact, how far are you willing to go to change your destiny?

A real winner, this is definitely a recommended read!

Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book For Teens or Anyone, June 6 2004
This review is from: The Body of Christopher Creed (Paperback)
The Body of Christopher Creed Book Summary
By Dylan Schrode
One of the best books that I've read all year would have to be The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci. This mystery/thriller novel threw many curveballs at the reader, and always kept you guessing. The author does a great job of plotting out the characters and their motives. At the end of the book, she (Carol) tells the reader an interesting fact about Chris Creed that leaves the reader wanting more.
All in all, this book is directed for an audience of 13 and up. The book starts out in the present life of Torey Adams, a regular High School student who gets caught up in the mystery of where and why Chris Creed had vanished. Torey is writing his story about Chris Creed and publishing it on the internet so people can read it and respond. You don't know why Torey does this until the last chapter of the book, where Carol wraps up the novel.
The flashback of Torey Adam's story begins in his home town of Steepleton, New Jersey. He is an All-American Football star, has a popular girlfriend, friends, a nice car, a good family; all the good things in life. Steepleton is a town that has a reputation of being "perfect." Sure, some people are drug addicts; some are flunkees. But for the most part, there aren't any gangs or bad people terrorizing Steepleton, It's just a easy town to live in. Until Chris Creed is suddenly missing.
Nobody knew why Chris had vanished. Some say that he committed suicide due to the fact he was the geek in school. Chris was always bugging you about the stupidest things that didn't matter. That's why nodoby really liked him, because he was a huge pest. Others say that Chris had ran away and changed his name to get away from his mother. His mother was in the marines and she never let Chris have any social life. Not one bit. She kept him locked in his room, safe from the "bad" things, such as cliques, drugs, alcohol, etc.
Torey had become more and more interested in what had happened to Chris and decided to start investigating the situation. He accidentally ran into his past friend, Allie, while looking for info on Chris. Coincidentally, Allie was also trying to get some scoop on the Chris crisis. Allie had been a neighbor and close friend to Chris for a very long time, and she had predicted Chris would snap any day. But where did he go was the big question.
Throughout the rest of the book, Torey and Allie develop a good relationship among each other and work together to find out more about Chris. Along the way, Allie and Chris meet new people and challenges that all help them in finding out where Creed went. As the book progresses, Torey gives up his jock-like appearance, his relationship with his girlfriend, and even his relationship with his best friends, but will benefit from doing this in the long run.
Many lessons can be learned from this story. The message I got from this book would have to be that being who you are is one of the most important things in life, and you shouldn't let someone rob you of your individuality.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but for older teens, Dec 3 2003
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This review is from: The Body of Christopher Creed (Paperback)
The book is engaging and interesting but there is a lot of cursing and it is fairly sexually explicit. Unfortunately, the editorial reviews do not mention this. I would recommend it to 16 and up, not 12 and up. Just a warning to parents and teachers if you care about this kind of stuff. In an attempt to be "authentic", it seems coarseness is thought to be OK. But the best artists don't need to go there to get their point across.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review by Ricardo, Govind, Hamed, and Josue, June 13 2006
This review is from: The Body of Christopher Creed (Paperback)
This is a very interesting book. Probably the most interesting book that we have read this year.

It starts out with the protagonist Torey Adams writing an email describing the story of Christopher Creed. It then quickly turns into a flashback to the events that Torey had that lead him to where he was now. The flashback starts when the perfect little town of Steepleton is shattered to pieces with the disappearance of Christopher Creed, the town oddball. The worst part is that he just disappeared. There's no body to be found. The only evidence is the note Creed sent to his principal before he went missing. Torey Adams was like everyone else; he had the perfect life with the perfect girlfriend, but when creed went missing he seemed to be the only one who cared. He then sets out to find the body of Chris Creed along with a long time friend named Ali, despite the fact that he used to beat Chris. In his search he encounters problems, like being accused of murdering Creed. He also finds new friends in those whom he considered town outcasts, and enemies in those whom he considered friends. In his journey Torey discovers many lessons that mature him change him forever.

The author does a really good job of keeping the reader reading on. She does a very good job of concealing the mysteries of the story. As well, there are many surprises throughout the book, and the ending will leave you in shock. This book has many important life messages as well. The only bad aspect of the book is that it starts out at a really slow pace, but it picks up a bit near the ending, as we approached the climax. Although the book's slow pace made it seem boring at first, it had a mysterious way of making us want to keep reading on. We recomend this book to high school students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story, May 21 2004
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This story is quite fascinating in the way that the author portrays a teenage boy's discovery of truth and deception in a small suburban town in Southern New Jersey. It perfectly describes the way that small towns work, and how society and community can often hide within themselves amazing truths of secrets and power.
This book tells the tale of a boy, named Christopher Creed, who has gone missing, leaving nothing behind but a laminated treasure map, a hidden diary, and a cryptic last letter to his principal. Torey, along with his friends Ali and the outsider Bo, must find a way to exculpate himself as well as Bo, or else be placed in the ridicule and judgement of his tightly knit community.
The most interesting aspect of this book is that it is a quick and easy read, but manages to be incredibly fascinating and exciting. The ending will shock you, since the story eventually becomes an interwoven tale of two outsider's stories and how their lives are affected by the way people treat them.
Overall, this book is one of the best I have ever read. It gets deep into people's minds, and exhibits the way that, during a crisis, bystanders and hypocrites, as well as life-savers and virtue are present, no matter what.
I definitely reccomend this book.
Also reccomended: Monster, Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings, Harry Potter, anything by Dan Brown
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Body of Christopher Creed, March 28 2004
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"angel_6656" (Kaneohe, HI USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Body of Christopher Creed (Paperback)
This book takes place in a small town called Steepleton where everyone knows
everybody. There's a boy that lives in Steepleton named Chris who was constantly
mocked since he was young and has suddenly disappeared, leaving nothing but a
mysterious letter. No one in Steepleton knows what happened to him, not even his own
mother. They don't know whether he was kidnapped, if he committed suicide or if he
just left town. Now everyone in Steepleton is blaming each other for Chris'
disappearance and Torey and his friends are trying to get to the bottom of this mystery.
I enjoyed reading this book because it's suspenseful to the very end. There are so
many surprises in this book, I enjoyed reading every page. The characters in this story are
complex and they have there own opinions about Chris' disappearance.
The lesson to learn is you shouldn't be cruel to people because it might not seem
to affect them, but it hurts inside. Chris wasn't a bad person, he just wanted friends.
Nobody cared about him until he disappeared. In this story nobody wanted to admit that
they treated Chris badly.
I would recommend this book to people that love to read books that keep you on
the edge of your seat to the very end. It was honestly one of the best books I have ever
read because once you pick up this book up, you wont want to put it down until you read
it to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Body of Christopher Creed, March 28 2004
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"angel_6656" (Kaneohe, HI USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Body of Christopher Creed (Paperback)
This book takes place in a small town called Steepleton where everyone knows everybody. There's a boy that lives in Steepleton named Chris who was constantly mocked since he was young and has suddenly disappeared, leaving nothing but a
mysterious letter. No one in Steepleton knows what happened to him, not even his own mother. They don't know whether he was kidnapped, if he committed suicide or if he just left town. Now everyone in Steepleton is blaming each other for Chris'
disappearance and Torey and his friends are trying to get to the bottom of this mystery.
I enjoyed reading this book because it's suspenseful to the very end. There are so many surprises in this book, I enjoyed reading every page. The characters in this story are
complex and they have there own opinions about Chris' disappearance.
The lesson to learn is you shouldn't be cruel to people because it might not seem to affect them, but it hurts inside. Chris wasn't a bad person, he just wanted friends. Nobody cared about him until he disappeared. In this story nobody wanted to admit thatthey treated Chris badly.
I would recommend this book to people that love to read books that keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end. It was honestly one of the best books I have ever read because once you pick up this book up, you wont want to put it down until you read it to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christopher Creed, Nov. 19 2003
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The Body of Christopher Creed
By Carol Plum-Ucci
Some of the main characters in this book are, Torey, Ali, Alex and Chris. Torey is the one of the characters in the book who likes to be a good friend and really likes to play music. Torey is one of my favorite characters in the book because he likes music that I like. Ali is an old friend of Torey and his friends. She stopped hanging out with him after she started to have problems at her house. I felt really sorry for her because Ali's mom had ten different boyfriends and all of them where mean to her. Alex is Torey's best friend that he had ever since he was a kid. Alex and I are much alike. We stay true to our friends. Chris is really different from everyone else in the book because he doesn't have friends and he is really annoying.

The book takes place in a town that's not that small. It takes place in the present time. I know this because they have cars and they had bands that had drums and electric guitars.
The plot of this book is when Christopher Creed comes up missing. No one knows what happened to him and a lot of them really don't care he's gone because he wasn't a person you would be friends with. The whole book is about where Chris could be and if he is dead or alive.
I would recommend this book to anyone it's a really good book to read. If you like mystery then this is the book for you. I would recommend young adults to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What if the scapegoat got away?, Aug. 3 2003
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Every class has a kid that everyone picks on, and in Steepleton, it's Chris Creed. He's the type that has an annoying grin plastered on his face no matter how you insult him, the one who never seems to get it when you scream at him to leave you alone. One night he doesn't come home.
A cryptic email that reads almost-but-not-quite like a suicide note surfaces, and in it, Chris admits that he DOES know how much he was disliked, that he wishes he were born as someone else, someone with a more perfect life -- and lists 10 classmates. One, Torey Adams, is haunted by this revelation, and feels immense guilt over treating his troubled classmate badly in the past. He is shocked at the way his clique jokes about Chris's disappearance, and how lightly they take the fact that someone they have known since kindergarten may be kidnapped, or run away, or murdered, or dead by his own hand.
Torey's perfect existence begins to fall apart as he turns his back on his shallow friends, hangs out with the school [bad girl] and a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, and starts investigating Chris's disappearance. Skeletons of all shapes and sizes come out of their closets. The gossip, lies and backstabbing at the high school are a microcosm of what goes on in the small town society. I found the novel slightly S.E. Hinton-ish -- which just goes to show that things haven't changed much between the haves & have-nots in 25+ years.
Plum-Ucci has created a dynamic and sensitive teen who takes an honest look at high school society, friendship and small town life. Torey reflects on people, friendship, and the truth, and his voice is honest and authentic.
I really enjoyed the premise of the book, too, which is that Chris never turned up dead or alive and Torey is still searching for him, using a website to tell his story. If the author wanted to play more with the format, designing the text to look more like a website might have been sort of cool. This might also work as an e-book. This book will really appeal to fans of Nancy Werlin as we await her next gem and could make for a good discussion on how teens relate to one another in groups.
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5.0 out of 5 stars where is the body of christopher creed?, July 6 2003
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conrad (Des Plaines, IL USA) - See all my reviews
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Christopher Creed has disappeared. He has left no trace of what happened to himself-nothing except an e-mail, which may or may not have actually been written by himself.
Victor ("Torey") Adams is one of the more popular, wealthier kids in Steepleton High School. Sure, Christopher lived a few blocks away from him, and sure, he occasionally insulted him - nothing major. But when he begins to realize he's really the only person who actually cares about how Christopher was, instead of where he was, he begins to dissassociate himself from his friends, and more with Ali and Bo, whose lives were far worse off than his.
Along with Ali and Bo, Torey decides to take up the matter of finding Christopher (and proving that Bo was not a murderer, as Mrs. Creed seemed convinced) themselves. However, all this seems to do is make everyone in town a bit angrier, a bit unhappier-and a bit more convinced that the threesome had something to do with Christopher's disappearance.
Ms. Plum-Ucci manages to make the novel seem as though it is actually written by a teenager, which is something quite unusual in young adult fiction; along with that, the lives of outsiders in high school and how poorly they are treated by the so-called "popular" crowd stands out as being true to life. With twists and connections between the past and present, this astonishingly well-written novel manages to make the reader actually wonder - where is the body of Christopher Creed?
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