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Proof of Lies

Entangled 2017. 326 pages
First published: 2017
Series: Anastasia Phoenix
ISBN: 9781633756083 (paperback)
9781633756076 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Novel
Book genre: Mystery

Text Elements:

characterization, conflict, dialogue, figurative language, point of view, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

First-class travel, meetings with dangerous spies and a water-taxi chase through Venice are just some of the thrills that await 17-year-old Anastasia Phoenix as she hunts for her sister Keira—kidnapped from their home in Boston and brought to Italy, for reasons unknown. Two things are certain: everything is linked to their deceased parents and nothing is what it seems.

A fast-paced plot, rich with twists, keeps interest high—from a blood-stained bathtub to the compelling fascination of (whose?) new friend Marcus Rey. As the two teens chase leads through Italy, descriptive language captures settings (“lush vineyard grapes twining in neat rows”), emotions (“I tried to appeal to his humanity, but his pupils were ominous pits”) and fist fights with international criminals: “he thrust his leg back in a donkey kick … I winced, then quickly jumped into my fighting stance. There was no way I was going down easily, not this time.”

The concept of disinformation is addressed in story structure and content. As the plot turns allies into enemies and back again, Anastasia and Marcus—with the help of computer whiz Charlotte—unpeel layers of deceit covering their own upbringings. (What is Dresden Chemical Corporation? Were their parents really working for “Department D”?) In the end, Anastasia’s keen sleuthing saves Keira, but key questions remain for the youthful spy-catchers—to be answered in the sequel, perhaps.

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    Mysteries written for young adults often feature teen protagonists who find themselves in extraordinary situations that require them to use their wits and youthful drive. Read the opening scenes to get a feel for the narrative voice and to identify conventions of the mystery genre.

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    In a small reading group, discuss the role of secrets and false clues. Consider how these bits of disinformation contribute to the creation of conflict in Anastasia’s life and convey a sense of intrigue.

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    Keep a running list of elements of mysteries for young adults in your reader-writer's notebook. Share the list with others to create a definitive list of conventions of the genre.

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    Which is better for a teenager: having wealthy, successful and powerful parents who move the family to a new city every few months or having average, struggling parents who stay put and keep the family in the same city? In a small group, discuss your opinion.

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    As you read, keep track of the characters Anastasia interacts with. Which do you trust and which seem suspicious? Why?

  •  In a small group, create a brief video trailer about the book.
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