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Paul Vanderman could be at any normal high school where bullies, girls, and annoying teachers are just part of life. But “normal” doesnt apply when it comes to the schools biggest bully, Roth—a twisted and threatening thug with an evil agenda.

When Paul ends up delivering a message from Roth to the leader of a gang at a nearby school, it fuels a rivalry with immediate consequences. Paul attempts to distance himself from the feud, but somehow Roth keeps finding reasons for him to stick around. Then one day Roth hands him a knife. And even though Paul is scared, he has never felt so powerful.

Review:

"McGowan's third novel is a dramatic page-turner and gripping meditation on power and violence. Narrating from 'a gray place,' teenager Paul Vardeman takes readers back to his rigid Catholic high school, where the teachers can be as cruel as the students ('It was a place where you always felt like there was a belt around your chest, tightening, squeezing, and another weight on your head, keeping you bowed down, eyes to the ground'). When a manipulative bully forces Paul to deliver a gruesome package to a rival school's gang leader, it reignites longstanding hostilities, which rapidly escalate. Insecure and conflicted, Paul is pushed further down a dark road, which McGowan (Jack Tumor) counterbalances with Paul's growing friendship with a group of outsider students, 'the freaks,' including his crush. A sense of dread never really dissipates as the story hurtles toward an epic, primal battle, but McGowan has twists in store, making the final scenes as surprising as they are inevitable. The language often borders on mythic, giving the novel an unsettling, ancient quality, not unlike that of violence itself. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

Anthony McGowan was born in Manchester, brought up in Leeds, and lives in London. His previous novels for young adults are Hellbent and Jack Tumor.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385738224
Author:
Mcgowan, Anthony
Publisher:
Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Author:
McGowan, Anthony
Subject:
England
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Bullying
Subject:
Social Issues - Peer Pressure
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Bullying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.50x6.58x.85 in. .72 lbs.
Age Level:
14-17

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Product details 224 pages Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers - English 9780385738224 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "McGowan's third novel is a dramatic page-turner and gripping meditation on power and violence. Narrating from 'a gray place,' teenager Paul Vardeman takes readers back to his rigid Catholic high school, where the teachers can be as cruel as the students ('It was a place where you always felt like there was a belt around your chest, tightening, squeezing, and another weight on your head, keeping you bowed down, eyes to the ground'). When a manipulative bully forces Paul to deliver a gruesome package to a rival school's gang leader, it reignites longstanding hostilities, which rapidly escalate. Insecure and conflicted, Paul is pushed further down a dark road, which McGowan (Jack Tumor) counterbalances with Paul's growing friendship with a group of outsider students, 'the freaks,' including his crush. A sense of dread never really dissipates as the story hurtles toward an epic, primal battle, but McGowan has twists in store, making the final scenes as surprising as they are inevitable. The language often borders on mythic, giving the novel an unsettling, ancient quality, not unlike that of violence itself. Ages 14 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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