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Shineby Lauren Myracle
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New York Times bestselling author Lauren Myracle offers a spine-tingling, unforgettable story of friendship gone very, very wrong.
Lauren Myracle brings her keen understanding of teen dynamics to a hypnotic horror story of twisted friendship.
When Blisss hippie parents leave the commune and dump her at the home of her aloof grandmother in a tony Atlanta neighborhood, its like being set down on an alien planet. The only guide naive Bliss has to her new environment is what shes seen on The Andy Griffith Show. But Mayberry is poor preparation for Crestview Academy, an elite school where the tensions of the present and the dark secrets of the past threaten to simmer into violence. Openhearted Bliss desperately wants new friends, making her the perfect prey of a troubled girl whose obsession with a long-ago death puts Bliss, and anyone shes kind to, in mortal danger.
Lauren Myracle has taken the ubiquitous friendship novel to a new, dark place.
F&P level: Z+
"Cat has been distant from childhood best friend Patrick for three years (she began to 'ignore the whole world' after an older friend of her brother's molested her). Even so, when a horrific and possible hate crime leaves openly gay Patrick comatose, she decides to 'look straight into the ugliness and find out who hurt him.' She grows suspicious of her brother's friends, 'the redneck posse,' who were with Patrick the night of his attack — especially as she learns they are keeping dangerous secrets, including dealing and using meth. Myracle (Bliss) paints the desperate poverty and bitter divisions within Cat's mountain community well, with memorable details like a friend coloring the duct tape patches on her couch to match the fabric or a meth cooker's bathtub filled with funnels and coffee filters. These details and the thick mystery that Cat unfurls will keep readers engaged — and suspecting several characters, as Cat does. The final faceoff strains believability and the conclusion is a tad neat, but readers will find themselves thinking about Cat's complicated rural community long after the mystery has been solved. Ages 14 — up. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.
Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.
Praise for Shine
“Cat eventually uncovers the truth in a cliffhanging climax in which she confronts fear, discovers that love is stronger than hate and truly ‘shines.’ Raw, realistic and compelling.”
“The page-turning mystery and Cat’s inspiring trajectory of self-realization will draw readers in and give them plenty to ponder.”
–The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Dramatic in both content and presentation."
–Los Angeles Times
“Myracle captures well the regret that many feel for things in their past about which they are ashamed. Cat’s reflections on these moments are spot-on.”
–School Library Journal
WINNER: Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award for young adult fiction
What do Katie-Rose, Yasaman, Milla, and Violet all have in common? Other than being named after flowers, practically nothing. Katie-Rose is a film director in training. Yasaman is a computer whiz. Milla is third in command of the A list. And Violet is the new girl in school. Theyre fab girls, all of them, but they sure arent friends. And if evil queen bee Medusa— scuse me, Modessa—has her way, they never will be. But this is the beginning of a new school year, when anything can happen and social worlds can collide . . .
Told in Lauren Myracles inventive narrative style—here a fresh mix of instant messages, blog posts, screenplay, and straight narrative—Luv Ya Bunches, the first in a four-book series, is a funny, honest depiction of the shifting alliances and rivalries that shape school days, and of the lasting friendships that blossom from the skirmishes.
About the Author
Lauren Myracle is the author of many popular novels for middle-grade and young-adult readers, including the darkly comic Rhymes with Witches, which Booklist said will put creep-meters into overload.” She holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. Lauren lives with her family in Fort Collins, Colorado. Visit her Web site at www.laurenmyracle.com.
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