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Shayne Blank is the new kid in town—but that doesn’t stop him from getting into a lot of trouble, very quickly. The other kids don’t understand him. He’s not afraid of anything. He seems too smart. His background doesn’t add up. And when he walks into the police department to confess to a murder, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems. There’s more to Shayne—and his story—than meets the eye. And as the details pile up, the only thing that becomes clear is that nothing is clear at all.
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on Nov 15, 2011
ISBN: 9781442436381
List price: $9.99
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I've enjoyed Pete Hautman novels in the past. But this one just didn't come together for me. I might have read it in too many "pieces".read more
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page-turner and I did not see the ending comingread more
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Blank Confession is a fast, fun read. Officer Rawls is interviewing Shayne Blank, who walked into the police station and confessed that he killed somebody. In alternating chapters, Mikey tells what really happened when Shayne started attending his school. Mikey got on the bad side of the local drug dealer, and Shayne kept stepping in to help him. I liked the characters, particularly Mikey, who compensates for being short by dressing in "bar mitzvah suits" and cracking wise.read more
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I've enjoyed Pete Hautman novels in the past. But this one just didn't come together for me. I might have read it in too many "pieces".
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page-turner and I did not see the ending coming
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Blank Confession is a fast, fun read. Officer Rawls is interviewing Shayne Blank, who walked into the police station and confessed that he killed somebody. In alternating chapters, Mikey tells what really happened when Shayne started attending his school. Mikey got on the bad side of the local drug dealer, and Shayne kept stepping in to help him. I liked the characters, particularly Mikey, who compensates for being short by dressing in "bar mitzvah suits" and cracking wise.
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TOld from the perspective of Mikey, who is a little ninth grader who is bullied by the school's drug dealer and gets into trouble with him because he tosses Jon's stash when the drug dogs come in. The new kind that MIkey befriends, Shayne, is a mysterious fellow who tries to help Mikey and his sister (who id dating Jon). Shayne is modeled after Shane from the classic novel and is the perfect gentleman who takes the blame for Jon's accidental death in order to protect Mikey, then disappears. The detective investigating (or at least the one that Shayne tells his story to and the detective follows up), was once a teacher because he wanted to help kids, but became frustrated when the kids were beyond his help, and he couldnt' catch the "bad guys" because they knew the system too well. It is a gripping story that makes you want to turn the pages as fast as you can.
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A set-up similar to The Rag and Bone Shop (Cormier) but just doesn't hold up to that standard. It's all very interesting but the story falls a little flat and the language is just... I dunno. Does anyone really use the word "dope" for drugs anymore?

I think the main storyline will appeal to some teens (and it's short, so yay) but I worry that if I recommend it and they read some of this weird '80s lingo they'll think I'm insane.
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Shayne Blank walks into the police station and confesses that he committed a murder to Detective George Rawls. In alternating chapters we hear about the murder from Shayne's lips and events from the view of Mike Martin, an undersized, overdressed high school student whose sister, Marie, is dating drug dealer Jon. When police show up at the school with drug sniffing dogs, Jon shoves a bag into Mike's backpack. Suspecting that there may be drugs in the bag, Mike dumps it in a garbage can. Of course, Jon wants his bag back the next day, the garbage has been emptied, and trouble really starts for Mike and consequently for his sister.In rides Shayne on his white horse, er, BMW mortorcycle, to save the day. Like the Lone Ranger he rides in to assist the innocent, punish the guilty and ride away without waiting for thanks. Who was that masked man?A fast read well worth the time.
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