Todd Strasser Accident, The

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Accident, The

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Everyone had been drinking that snowy night when Chris's car plunged into the ravine. Luckily, Matt hadn't gone with the group. Now four of his friends are dead. Only Jason survives.
Everyone blames Chris for the tragedy, and Matt doesn't like the way people talk about him and harass his family. Matt suspects there's something fishy about the investigation that followed the accident. Was it another case of drunk driving? Or was something more at stake? Matt is determined to uncover the truth, but no one is talking. What really happened that night?

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About the Author:

Todd Strasser is the author of more than 120 books for teens and middle graders including the best-selling Help! I?m Trapped In? series, and numerous award-winning YA novels including The Wave, Give A Boy A Gun, and Can?t Get There From Here.

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Grade 6-9 Eighteen-year-old Matt Thompson's close friend, Bobby Stewart, the son of a rich philanthropist and the nephew of a popular candidate for governor, dies with three other classmates in a late night auto accident following a drinking party. News reports blame Matt's neighbor, Chris Walsh, who was also killed in the accident, because he was a known alcoholic. But Matt, tipped off about the blood alcohol counts of the four dead teenagers, begins to suspect that all is not what it appears to be. With the help of the only black policemen on the town force and Chris' younger brain-damaged sister, Matt uncovers the truth. There's a big catch, however, and Matt must decide whether to tell the truth or keep quiet. Amidst the didactic lessons about racism on the police force and drunk driving, Strasser raises the questions of whether the end justifies the means and the importance of the public's right to have information. Except for Matt, the characters are wooden and read their lines to fit the issue-laden plot. Like The Wave (Delacorte, 1981) , which Strasser wrote under a pseudonym, this story is more effective as a discussion stimulator than as a credible adventure-mystery. Jack Forman, Mesa College Library, San Diego
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