On a hot summer night in a midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, incents becomes victims-with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to kw each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one ather, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one ather, find a new equilibrium, and survive. Told through multiple points of view in naturalistic free verse and stream of consciousness, this is an unforgettable, haunting tale.
Edith Pattou is the author of the New York Times bestselling picture book, Mrs. Spitzer's Garden, as well as three award-winning fantasy novels for young adults, including East, which was chosen one of the 100 Best of the Best Young Adult Books for the 21st Century by the Young Adult Library Association. It was also selected an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable Children's Book, and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. A former librarian and bookseller, Edith Pattou lives in Columbus, Ohio. You can visit her at www.edithpattou.com.