Giles, G. (2007). What happened to Cass McBride?New York, NY: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. ISBN:978-0316166393. Paperback. $5.94.
Annotation: Cass has always gotten what she wanted until she ends up buried alive. Kyle has decided it’s Cass’ fault for his brother’s death and the only way for Cass to escape is to convince Kyle to set her free.
Cass awakes in the dark. In a box. Underground. She’s been buried alive by Kyle the brother of a guy she used to date. Before this Cass got everything she ever wanted, popular and privileged. In other words, she’s never had to work too hard for anything, until she has to fight for her life. Cass discovers that the words we use are more powerful than she imagined, and talking to Kyle is the only way she is ever going to convince him to let her go.
This book is one of the more chilling I’ve read because it could happen, unlike the ones about mythical creatures and powers. Cass and Kyle are multi-faceted characters who you aren’t supposed to actually love, but sympathize with anyway. For any reluctant readers that need pulled in quickly, What Happened to Cass McBride? would be a great, albeit scary, option because it is short and follows different perspectives. Although the book is cheaper, check your local or school library for a copy first or check out any of Gail Giles’ other books, which are almost all suspense/thrillers/
Awards/Nominations: South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult Book Award (2009), Missouri Gateway Readers Award Nominee (2009)
Here is Gail in an interview talking about What Happened to Cass McBride & her other book Don’t Look Behind You.