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When 16-year-old Becky Hamilton turns up dead in front of her father's beachside house, her college-bound 17-year-old neighbor Amy Lund is one of the first people on the scene. But in How to Get into Harvard, a short mystery from Paul Micou, all is not as it seems. A youthful narration from Mia Chiaromonte highlights Amy's tenacity and her inner conflict as she considers divulging the secret that could destroy her - about the boy she loved, who in turn loved Becky, and how all three of them were competing for admission to Harvard.
A teenage girl has been murdered in the sand dunes just outside the house of Dr. Peter Hamilton. The victim is his daughter. Among those looking on as the police investigate is 17-year-old neighbor Amy Lund, a gifted, home-schooled student almost certain of admission to Harvard. Yet she has a secret - and is torn between keeping quiet about what she knows and divulging information that would destroy her own reputation.
It does not help that she is in love, from afar, with a boy who was seeing the murdered Hamilton girl - or that she could implicate him in this seemingly random murder.
Paul Micou is the author of eight novels, among them The Music Programme, The Death of David Debrizzi, The Leper's Bell and, most recently, Confessions of a Map Dealer. He lives with his wife and two children in Provence.