The Underdogs

Sara Hammel. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-374-30161-3
Evie, 12, and her best friend Chelsea, spend their summers on the periphery of the social scene at the tony New England pool/tennis club where their parents work. Both from single-parent homes, the girls bond over being social outcasts because of their physical differences. Evie is shy and slightly overweight while Chelsea is still recovering from the abuse she suffered years before being adopted by her mother, Beth. The girls usually spend their summers hiding in the cool, dark corners of the club eating snacks, but this year is different. Evie begins to secretly train to play tennis, and 16-year-old Annabel Harper, the golden girl of the club, is found murdered at the pool. Determined to discover who could do this to a young woman both girls admired, Evie and Chelsea decide to help the police solve the crime. Told from Chelsea’s perspective in chapters that alternate before and after Annabel’s murder, debut novelist Hammel cleverly disguises Chelsea’s true identity, leaving that mystery for readers to solve just as the girls pinpoint Annabel’s killer. Ages 10–14. Agent: Steven Chudney, Chudney Agency. (May)
Reviewed on: 03/07/2016
Release date: 05/31/2016
Genre: Children's
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