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Grades 9 - 12Grades 3 - 5n/a5.060490

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom's mental illness, Nick's bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn't understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff's Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear and courage, the three team up to find the girl's killer―before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry's Point Last Seen YA mystery series, The Body in the Woods is full of riveting suspense, putting readers right in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.


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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published on June 17, 2014 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0805098526
ISBN-13: 9780805098525
6 Book Reviews
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  • kgautam
    kgautamMonday, June 3, 2019 at 9:46 am55 stars
    i got to meet april henry after i read this book! this was a great book, as expected from april henry. i loved how the main characters came together to help keep others safe.
    • fantomsky26
      fantomsky26Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:10 pm55 starsFeatured
      This book is incredible but the author is even more incredible. I'm in Book Battle and one of our visiting authors was April Henry. She explained how she wrote her book. The book it's self is based off of real high school kids who do search and rescue. The story is that three kids go around trying to figure out a mystery about a bunch of murders to girls who are homeless or are passing as homeless, while they are all dealing with their own problems. If you like murder mysteries then this is definitely the book for you.
      • mollydogTuesday, December 22, 2015 at 8:50 am
        The Body in the Woods is a mystery book. I give it ✯✯✯✯✯. It is about a group of three teenagers, Alexis, Nick, and Ruby. They participate in Portland Search and Rescue. In Portland Search and Rescue they are looking for a missing person but instead they find a girl’s body. There are 263 pages and 53 short chapters. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure.
        • pickelchip
          pickelchipWednesday, April 1, 2015 at 5:22 pm55 stars
          i thought it was a good romance / mystery
          • antolinangelina
            antolinangelinaTuesday, February 24, 2015 at 8:05 pm44 stars
            it is a real thrill with murder and suspense
            • edmodo-fdemklwnbt
              edmodo-fdemklwnbtFriday, November 7, 2014 at 7:33 am
              I am not finished with this book yet but it is so good it is full of suspense and mystery. The part that I am on is the part when Alexis thinks she finds Bobby but when she gets closer she finds this person who is thinner than Bobby and has long blond hair not short and brown hair.Then she finds out this person is not Bobby its someone else. I am not that far into the book as I said already but it is already so suspenseful but I am only on page 27! and it is already great I cant wait tell I find out who the body is and if they find Bobby.