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The Facts Speak for Themselvesby Brock Cole
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The woman policeman says why don't you come in here, and so I went. It was a little room with a table and some chairs. That was all. Instead of a window, there was a big mirror. I wouldn't look at that. I didn't want to see myself. I sat down and folded my hands. There was still blood under my nails, so after a minute I put them under the table . . .
-From the book
This is the story of how thirteen-year-old Linda came to be involved in the murder of one man and the suicide of another. The police and her social worker think they know the answer, but they've got it wrong. Here Linda tells her own story. She sees her world and what has happened to her with compelling clarity. Her voice is direct, cool, and ruthlessly honest. She'll persuade you that she is neither victim nor fool - that the facts speak for themselves in this National Book Award Finalist.
Like Howie and Laura in The Goats and Celine in Celine, Linda is a character who will captivate you from the first word. This is a life you will never forget.
Linda has lived through a nightmare.
When the police find thirteen-year-old Linda, she is standing silently on a blood-spattered parking ramp, the only witness to a murder/suicide. The now-dead gunman was her mother's boyfriend. And his victim — old enough to be Linda's father — was her own lover. Here is Linda's harrowing story, in her own ruthlessly honest words. It is a story you will never be able to forget.
An uncompromising look at a sexually active adolescent adrift in a world where she is neither victim nor fool--the facts speak for themselves.
At the request of her social worker, 13-year-old Linda gradually reveals how her life with her unstable mother and her younger brother led to her rape and the murder she witnessed. This "School Library Journal's" Best Book of the Year, "pushes the envelope of children's literature" ("Booklist").
About the Author
Brock Cole is the author of two School Library Journal Best Books of the Year and has received numerous other awards and citations. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
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