Seventeen-year-old Melanie Jacobs is new to Clifton, Massachusetts, and looking for part-time summer work besides just baby-sitting. When she answers a newspaper ad to read to an invalid for an hour a day, Melanie expects the person to be an elderly person; instead, it's a young girl her age. Lisa Randolph was paralyzed in a fall shortly before Melanie arrived in town. It's a sad outcome for such a young, popular person, but Melanie soon learns there's more to it than just a tragic accident. While reading "Jane Eyre" to Lisa, Melanie notices Lisa motions with her hand at certain parts in the book. This, Melanie realizes, is Lisa's way of communicating with her without anyone else finding out. But what secret does Lisa want to tell Melanie and no else? And why has Melanie been threatened lately not to pursue the incident? What exactly happened to Lisa when she fell? Was it just an accident or did Lisa find out too much herself?
"The Body" is another great teen suspense thriller by Carol Ellis. Fast-paced and easy to read.
A Scholastic book.
She's seen something too horrifying for words. No one knows what really happened the night Lisa Randolph fell off the cliff. Now she is paralyzed and mute, so it seems no one ever will.
Then Melanie is hired to read to Lisa. At first Lisa just stares blankly, soon she seems to be desperately trying to tell Melanie a secret.
After Melanie's own life is threatened, she knows Lisa's secret is......deadly.