Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Balzer and Bray, 2012

Meg and Minnie take a popular classmate up on an invitation to what’s expected to be an epic house party on an isolated island. But the storm has begun even before they step off the ferry, and it’s not simply wind and rain. The girls find themselves marooned on the autumn island with eight other teenagers, and someone is killing them off one by one. Meg has always felt she needed to protect Minnie, but now Meg’s protection takes on another meaning altogether as she tries to discover who is killing all the kids.

Ten went on sale this summer, and as soon as I heard that it was based on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None I knew I had to buy it. It’s a fun read, especially leading up to Halloween. It’ll keep you up reading and wondering if anyone at all is going to make it out alive.

5 thoughts on “Ten by Gretchen McNeil

  1. I read this a couple years ago and enjoyed it, I think, in the same ways you did. I was hoping it would inspire an Agatha Christie craze among young readers. Alas! Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple have yet to become cool. Someday, maybe…


  2. I know what you mean. I think I started reading Miss. Marple soon after I gave up on Nancy Drew…certainly by sixth grade, but my dad was a huge Christie lover and had collected all of her books in paperback, so I always had them at my disposal. I wonder if they’re too impossibly old fashioned for kids today.


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