Who Killed Mr. Chippendale?: A Mystery in Poems

Who Killed Mr. Chippendale?: A Mystery in Poems

Nominated for the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America

An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults


Award-winning author and poet Mel Glenn presents a unique mystery told through a series of free verse poems.

When popular Tower High English teacher Mr. Chippendale is fatally shot, everyone is a suspect. The killer could be anyone—one of his students, a colleague, or even an ex-flame. The aftermath of Mr. Chippendale’s murder is a suspenseful story that will keep readers guessing who the killer is right until the last page.

* "More than a whodunit, this unique offering explores a multitude of issues in its pages."School Library Journal (starred review)

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  • John JackThis book is a mysterysolved through its collection of poems,each one about a page long:free verse, stream of consciousness, a constant change in narrator, like an ADHD Faulkner.There are a l...

  • So a teacher is murdered on the first page, and every page is a poem expressing the reactions of dozens of different people. Some of the poems are enjoyable and well-written enough to enjoy independen...

  • Interesting to use for POV in the classroom. Raises questions about the value of education to today's student, immigration, and how most people remember how you made them feel. Valuable for discussion...

  • This book made me realize how much thing are going on in life that I ignore and don't pay attention. That people die all of the sudden. It made me pay attention and open my eyes to what I have ...

  • Book combines two of my favorite reading genres: poetry and crime....

  • This short murder/mystery is an interesting idea, if not such a compelling story. In 100 pages of 1-to-2 page first person poems, Glenn manages to introduce multiple perspectives on the life of the re...

  • 'Who Killed Mr.Chippendale?' is a 100 paged short mystery story written in free verse poems. I thought that 100 pages was too long for this story, and could have been shorter. It was a fairly easy rea...

  • I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would (I picked it up to be a quick read). But it is interesting to see how one person can mean so much to a few kids and so little to others. I didn't reall...

  • Who Killed Mr. Chippendale? A Mystery in Poems The book “Who killed Mr. Chippendale?” by Mel Glenn is about a teacher getting shot and everyone's a suspect at the school. Mr. Chippendale was doing...

  • Simple, nice read, but not very memorable...

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