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Death Drop
By author: Melanie Jackson
Selling Points: gravity drop rides, thrill rides, Persephone, art theft, mystery, Rossetti, Vancouver, baseball
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/25/2016
Fry Reading Level: 2.0
Pages: 144
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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On his way to baseball practice, Zeke lines up for Vancouver's newest thrill ride: Death Drop, an elevator that falls faster than gravity. The theme of the ride is based on the story of Persephone, who tumbled into the underworld. Zeke tumbles into a frightening situation himself after he discovers a little girl who is lost. He takes her to the Death Drop manager's office. But later, when he tries to find out what happened with her, the ride's staff say they never saw her! To find the missing girl, Zeke must navigate a devilish plot that includes Dante Gabriel Rossetti's famous painting Proserpine, a fiery drop into flames, and an angry coach.
CM Magazine - February 24, 2017
Death Drop reads a lot like a good buddy movie with a teen audience in mind—an enjoyable read. Recommended."

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