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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
ISBN: 9781442436381
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page-turner and I did not see the ending comingmore
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.more
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.more
Shayne Blank is confessing to a murder. From the outset of this short (167 pages) young adult novel, you know that the new-to-town teenager Shayne is ready to tell detective George Rawls everything. But the cop doesn't immediately believe what he's hearing, and it takes almost all 167 pages for the reader to learn what exactly happened. Told in alternating chapters between Shayne in the police interview room and Mikey, a scrawney-suit wearing high schooler who has yet to hit a growth spurt, the novel tells the brief story of how Mikey was bullied by his sister's drug-dealing boyfriend. Mikey's dad is a recovering alcoholic who used to beat his wife and verbally abuse his children; Shayne says his dad is in the military and in a couple different fights Shayne shows off ninja-like skills that wows Mikey. The plot is straight-forward and Hautman wastes no words in telling the tale that spans only a couple weeks on the calendar. This suspenseful read will especially appeal to reluctant male readers.more
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".more
A teenager goes to the police station to report that he just killed someone. The story is told bit by bit, some in third person chapters at the police station and other chapters in first person told by Mikey, a high school student. The boy who is confessing, Shayne, is a new student and he and Mikey become friends just as Mikey is targeted by the local drug dealer who claims Mikey owes him $500 after Mikey threw away the drugs planted on him. Turns out Shayne is awesome at martial arts whose modus operandi is to move from school to school, defending victims and teaching a school bully a lesson before disappearing. The reader (along with the police officer) does not find out who, if anyone, is killed until the very end of the book. Shayne was too accomplished at just about everything for me to fully buy into it. However, I can see how the book could reach teen readers who like stories where the good guy wins through smarts, physical superiority, and compassion.more
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.more
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.more
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page-turner and I did not see the ending comingmore
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.more
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.more
Shayne Blank is confessing to a murder. From the outset of this short (167 pages) young adult novel, you know that the new-to-town teenager Shayne is ready to tell detective George Rawls everything. But the cop doesn't immediately believe what he's hearing, and it takes almost all 167 pages for the reader to learn what exactly happened. Told in alternating chapters between Shayne in the police interview room and Mikey, a scrawney-suit wearing high schooler who has yet to hit a growth spurt, the novel tells the brief story of how Mikey was bullied by his sister's drug-dealing boyfriend. Mikey's dad is a recovering alcoholic who used to beat his wife and verbally abuse his children; Shayne says his dad is in the military and in a couple different fights Shayne shows off ninja-like skills that wows Mikey. The plot is straight-forward and Hautman wastes no words in telling the tale that spans only a couple weeks on the calendar. This suspenseful read will especially appeal to reluctant male readers.more
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".more
A teenager goes to the police station to report that he just killed someone. The story is told bit by bit, some in third person chapters at the police station and other chapters in first person told by Mikey, a high school student. The boy who is confessing, Shayne, is a new student and he and Mikey become friends just as Mikey is targeted by the local drug dealer who claims Mikey owes him $500 after Mikey threw away the drugs planted on him. Turns out Shayne is awesome at martial arts whose modus operandi is to move from school to school, defending victims and teaching a school bully a lesson before disappearing. The reader (along with the police officer) does not find out who, if anyone, is killed until the very end of the book. Shayne was too accomplished at just about everything for me to fully buy into it. However, I can see how the book could reach teen readers who like stories where the good guy wins through smarts, physical superiority, and compassion.more
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.more
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.more
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