In the Middle of the Night Book Summary and Study Guide

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On a Halloween night eight years before Denny Colbert was born, his father Les was involved in a tragic accident -- a collapsing movie theater balcony -- that killed 22 children. Although 24 years have passed, someone out there cannot forget. Les Albert has received threatening and harassing phone calls at all times of the day and night. He always answers the phone, listens calmly to the angry voice on the other end, and hangs up. And he has instructed Denny never to answer the phone.
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But one day Denny is home alone and defies his parents: he picks up the endlessly ringing phone. Although a very pretty girl at the bus stop named Chloe has been nice to him, he's equally drawn by the mysterious and seductive voice on the phone who calls herself Lulu. As another October anniversary nears, Denny is caught in a web of indecision between a newspaper reporter who wants to interview his Dad, sweet Chloe, and the caller who just might have deadly plans for him.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   wrongly convicted clearing his name General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   crushed Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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