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Kill the Story

(The first book in the Hart and Soul series)
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Publisher's Weekly
The Hart & Soul mystery series debuts with two books that are as peppy--and as unlikely--as anything offered by the classic teen sleuth lines. Unlike Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, Amanda Hart actually attends high school, though she seems able to arrange time away frequently. Amanda's mysterious love interest and sidekick, Mickey Soul, is not so burdened with academia: he owns (and rides for) a bicycle messenger service, an occupation that apparently pays well enough to provide him with expensive disguises and unlimited free time. Mickey's background is murky: he vanishes whenever the police appear and seems to have no family, only a fiercely loyal gang of streetwise friends. The first two adventures involve a sorority-turned-shoplifting ring, and a series of ''accidents'' plaguing a local theatre production. The itch to find out the truth about Mickey is likely to be a prime factor in readers' continuing with this series. However, despite their penchant for annoying, overly snappy dialogue, Amanda and her pals are decent characters, and these mild-mannered mysteries offer a good dose of fun.

School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-- A new series of YA mysteries featuring teenaged sleuths, Amanda Hart and Mick Soul. In Kill the Story, the pair expose a blackmail/shoplifting operation in one of the sororities at Amanda's trendy private high school. In Play Dead, Amanda and her friends become part of a professional theater company in order to solve an attempted murder (which of course they do, easily). The plots are contrived, the characters and situations unbelievable, and the dialogue embarrassingly stitled and cliched. Even worse, Amanda has to be repeatedly rescued from dangerous situations by Mick, her self-appointed protector. It may be that your young patrons will discover this series outside the library and request it. Buy it then if that's your policy, but this is not a demand that librarians would be advised to create. --Trish Ebbatson, Delaware County District Library, OH

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

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September 1991 : USA Paperback

Title: Kill the Story (Hart & Soul)
Author(s): Jahnna N Malcolm
ISBN: 0-553-17621-8 / 978-0-553-17621-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Juvenile
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August 1989 : USA Mass Market Paperback

Title: KILL THE STORY (Hart and Soul)
Author(s): Jahnna Malcolm
ISBN: 0-553-27969-6 / 978-0-553-27969-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Starfire
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