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After the girl eighteen-year-old Paul loves drowns at the New Jersey beach while he is the lifeguard on duty, he begins to receive phone calls from her and to see her in odd places
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t as a perfect summer for eighteen-year-old Paul Barrett. A championship swimmer, he lands a plum job as a lifeguard on a beach at a New Jersey resort. It gets even better when he meets the beautiful Jody Miller, a ballet dancer on vacation. In fact, it's love at first sight....
But all that changes the day he sees Jody, crying out to him for help far out beyond the breakers.
Time is running out. He can't reach her. Not today, not ever. But Jody can reach him -- on the phone, on the street, at the beach.
And Paul is about to become...
The Haunted One
Grade 7-12 Paul Barrett, an 18-year-old lifeguard, is haunted by a dead woman: the beautiful, talented ballet dancer whom he loved and who drowned before his eyes. He fears that he might have saved her had he not been zonked out on marijuana that evening on the New Jersey shore. Why the phone calls in the night? Why the quick entrances and exits and the plaintive cries and accusations? Paul is at first convinced that it is all a hoax but then begins to think that it is some sort of cruel punishment for his inexcusable failure to hear the woman's cries for help. Bennett's techniquespare, crisp dialogue; a lack of descriptive passages; mounting suspense; and a very simple plotcontributes to his success with teenagers. But despite its brevity, this story seems almost too long, and the unoriginal ending will be guessed by many readers halfway through. While not among the best of Bennett's thrillers, this one nevertheless will have its admirers, especially among reluctant readers. Robert E. Unsworth, Scarsdale Junior High School, N.Y.
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Book Description Franklin Watts, 1987. Library Binding. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0531150593