Selling Points: mystery, murder, accountability
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2003
Lexile Level: HL630L
Fry Reading Level: 3.2
Fiction Ages 12+
It was a redheaded man sprawled across the floor in Ian's parents' room, one arm up as if he'd rolled out of bed. His arm was twisted, and the back of his head was wet with blood.
Just breathe, I tell myself as I drum my fingernails on the dining room table. Don't think about it. If you think about it, Officer Wells is going to know. And he doesn't know anything. He's not looking for you anyway. I make my fingers stop tapping.
When an adult neighbor is brutally murdered during a high-school house party, everyone in school seems to have an idea who did it, but no one will go to the police. Jen was there and saw the body and she has her own ideas about who is responsible. As a reporter for the school TV show, she decides to try and uncover the truth and discover if a classmate's increasingly violent behavior is to blame. When she and others begin digging too deeply, violence flares in the small community. Finally, Jen is forced to take a stand, one that may cost her more than she could imagine.
Canadian Book Review Annual - January 1, 2004
"[A] tightly written hi-lo mystery...Recommended."
VOYA - December 1, 2003
"Explore[s] universal themes of truth and justice and their relation to teenage culture, with appeal to readers of all abilities."
CM Magazine - January 1, 2003
“Carefully crafted for reluctant readers, the novel is riveting, fast paced and suspenseful. It will especially appeal to female teen readers who will easily relate to the main character’s experiences...Kyi is deadly accurate in her characterization of teens and their code of silence. The subject matter and plot are complex, making the novel a satisfying read. Highly recommended.”
Resource Links - January 1, 2003
"With a solid plot and likable characters, this novel holds the reader's attention all the way through."
ALA Popular Paperbacks, short-listed
YALSA Quick Picks, short-listed
Arthur Ellis Award nominee, short-listed
CCBC Our Choice, commended
Golden Oak nominee, short-listed
PSLA Top Forty, short-listed
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