Book Review: The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban

March 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

TragedyPaper“Sometimes it’s hard – impossible, even – to know how much magnitude a choice holds until it is all over.”

The Tragedy Paper is Irving School’s most famous, and most dreaded, assignment. Duncan doesn’t know it, but he’s been given a great gift from the senior who had his room last year, Tim. It’s a stack of innocent-looking CDs on which Tim has recorded his own personal tragedy, a tragedy in which Duncan himself had a part. It’s from these CDs that Irving School’s most unusual Tragedy Paper will be formed.

Throughout the book, you know something terrible is going to happen to Tim, and maybe Duncan, too, but what? If you’re anything like me, you’ll be hoping Duncan will go back to listen to those CDs so you can try to piece together what the tragedy was, and what became of Tim. Try The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban if you want the tension of the unknown to carry you through the story, or if you like books where you get to be inside someone’s mind as they explain why they did the things they did. Was Tim’s story a tragedy when all is said and done? There’s only one way to find out….

Reviewed by:
Katie Clark, Teen Librarian

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