|Plot Summary of May I Help You, Said the Counselor|
Sevi Norwood, a novice counselor hired to replace Ola Leonard, West Deerfield High School's recently deceased "perfect" guidance counselor, immediately gets into trouble with her eccentric principal. As he tries to force her into "virtual dismissal" by making her working conditions intolerable, she attempts to find allies on the faculty. She strikes up a friendship with an English teacher, whose husband, the previous principal, had mysteriously disappeared several years before Sevi's arrival.
When a former student commits suicide in front of the house where Sevi is living (which happens to be the same house the former counselor lived in), Sevi uncovers information which leads her to believe the former counselor may have once assisted in the still birth of an illegitimate child and buried the child's body in her own garden. When Sevi attempts to verify her suspicions, she uncovers a body, but not the body of an infant. How that body came to be in the counselor's garden, and what relationship it has to a missing newborn is up to Sevi to determine.
This synopsis report prepared by Betty Tesh
|Chapter Analysis of May I Help You, Said the Counselor|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 50%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
- very upbeat
Time/era of story:
Murder of certain profession?
Kind of investigator
- amateur citizen investigator
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?
- Mid-Atlantic states
Small town people:
- nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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