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When 15-year-old Mick Nichols opens the wrong e-mail, he learns a terrible secret: His stepmother is having an affair with a man named Alexander Selkirk. Mick is stunned. Should he tell his father, confront his stepmother, or keep it all to himself? And who, exactly, is Alexander Selkirk? Mick becomes obsessed with the infidelity, in spite of some serious distractions. Distractions like Lisa Doyle, the religious field-hockey player with the coppery red hair. Like the surprising (but appreciated) affections of Myra Vidal, a famously gorgeous college freshman with a secret of her own. And at the moment Mick discovers Selkirk?s true identity, he realizes his problems are all zipped up together — and that he may have to go to drastic lengths to untangle them.

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"The McNeals skillfully weave together several story lines in their well-honed novel about young suburbanites who face adult complications. When 15-year-old Mick discovers that his beloved stepmother is having an affair, he starts acting mean to her, keeps her incriminating emails on a disk zipped in his pocket and even hides in her car when he suspects she's meeting her lover. Meanwhile, his crush, Lisa, is interested in Mick, but she's also infatuated with a smooth-talking Mormon missionary. Lisa's best friend develops a relationship with Maurice, a supervisor at the retirement village where the teens work as groundskeepers, who is also responsible for a crime spree in the community. Additionally, Lisa learns, he's sexually harassing another worker. As in their last novel, Crooked, the McNeals create a pair of nice, slightly geeky characters, and a complicated bad kid. Through their alternating perspectives (Mick's, Lisa's and Maurice's), the authors reveal the characters' baggage: Mick's mother left eight years ago (she sends computer-generated checks a month before his birthday) and Maurice's dad died trying to escape the police. Tender scenes, like one in which Mick's father, trying to ease tensions, asks him to come downstairs and play piano, keep the novel grounded, and Mick and Lisa's relationship develops naturally and smoothly (they take walks, she bakes him cookies). An epilogue seems extraneous. Readers will be sucked in as Mick and Lisa begin to see 'the face behind the face behind the face.' Ages 12-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"The McNeals spin a wonderfully rich story." Kirkus Reviews

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When 15-year-old Mick Nichols opens the wrong e-mail, he learns a terrible secret: his stepmother is having an affair. Mick is stunned. Should he tell his father, confront his stepmother, or keep it all to himself?

About the Author

Tom McNeal and Laura Rhoton McNeal are married and live in southern California with their two young sons. Their first young adult novel, Crooked, won the California Book Award in Juvenile Literature and was named an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375830983
Author:
Mcneal, Laura
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
McNeal, Laura
Author:
McNeal, Tom
Author:
Laura and Tom McNeal
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Situations / Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Emotions and Feelings
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Readers Circle
Publication Date:
20040931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.86x5.38x.68 in. .51 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The McNeals skillfully weave together several story lines in their well-honed novel about young suburbanites who face adult complications. When 15-year-old Mick discovers that his beloved stepmother is having an affair, he starts acting mean to her, keeps her incriminating emails on a disk zipped in his pocket and even hides in her car when he suspects she's meeting her lover. Meanwhile, his crush, Lisa, is interested in Mick, but she's also infatuated with a smooth-talking Mormon missionary. Lisa's best friend develops a relationship with Maurice, a supervisor at the retirement village where the teens work as groundskeepers, who is also responsible for a crime spree in the community. Additionally, Lisa learns, he's sexually harassing another worker. As in their last novel, Crooked, the McNeals create a pair of nice, slightly geeky characters, and a complicated bad kid. Through their alternating perspectives (Mick's, Lisa's and Maurice's), the authors reveal the characters' baggage: Mick's mother left eight years ago (she sends computer-generated checks a month before his birthday) and Maurice's dad died trying to escape the police. Tender scenes, like one in which Mick's father, trying to ease tensions, asks him to come downstairs and play piano, keep the novel grounded, and Mick and Lisa's relationship develops naturally and smoothly (they take walks, she bakes him cookies). An epilogue seems extraneous. Readers will be sucked in as Mick and Lisa begin to see 'the face behind the face behind the face.' Ages 12-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The McNeals spin a wonderfully rich story."
"Synopsis" by , When 15-year-old Mick Nichols opens the wrong e-mail, he learns a terrible secret: his stepmother is having an affair. Mick is stunned. Should he tell his father, confront his stepmother, or keep it all to himself?
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