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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 160
Themes: terrorism, secrets, racism, protests, bullying, police, false identity, long lost father, strong female lead
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 07/02/2017
Fry Reading Level: 3.4
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Fifteen-year-old Megan “Cause Queen” Caliente is president of the political science club and likes to make her voice heard. But after the protest she organized on the Las Vegas Strip takes an unexpected turn, she is suddenly wishing she could disappear. When her mother comes to pick her up at the police station, Megan learns, to her horror, that her whole life has been a lie. Her father is a convicted terrorist, responsible for the deaths of more than two hundred people, and her mother has been living under an assumed name for fifteen years. Megan’s mom is taken away in handcuffs, and Megan is expected to return to her regular life under the supervision of her aunt. But everyone, students and teachers alike, is treating her differently now. Cruel accusations and gossip, as well as persistent reporters, follow her everywhere. Worried that she is destined to follow in her father’s footsteps, Megan, with the help of the charismatic Matt Mendez, the only person at school who hasn’t turned on her, decides to track down the father she thought was dead and get some answers.

Resource Links - October 23, 2017
"Laura Langston has done an admirable job in focussing the complexity of the issue in a way that engages and expands the situation without sacrificing the essential point of the narrative."
Booklist Online - January 27, 2017
"The subject is timely, and the legal elements accessible. A sympathetic, exciting read and a challenging look at the fine line between enthusiasm and extremism."
CM Magazine - December 2, 2016
"A good read that is a must in these times. Recommended."


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