Synopses & Reviews
"An engrossing, suspenseful novel that is sure to keep the reader glued to the page." (Kirkus Reviews)
Cameron Miller is the son of a murderer. All he has ever known is the stench of the locked cellar, where he can hear the blows and cries and his father's torrent of terror and abuse. Then a miracle happens: his father is killed in a police shootout. In the aftermath, Cameron grabs his one chance for a normal life: he takes on the identity of Neil Lacey, a boy who Mr. Miller had abducted six years ago. As Neil, he has a life with loving parents, a brother and sister, and the comforts only money can buy. But someone knows what Cameron's doingsomeone with the power to turn his life back into a nightmare.
Praise for Counterfeit Son
"An engrossing, suspenseful novel that is sure to keep the reader glued to the page."—Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will be enthralled by the suspenseful plot."—Publishers Weekly
"...a shocking plot twist that will leave readers thinking about this novel for days."—VOYA
"Counterfeit Son ends with a clever twist that should surprise readers and leave them well satisfied with this solidly written, fast-paced read."—School Library Journal
When serial killer Hank Miller is killed in a shoot-out with police, his abused son Cameron adopts the identity of one of his father's victims in order to find a better life. But when his father's old accomplice tracks him down, will Cameron give up his new identity to protect the victim's family?
About the Author
Elaine Marie Alphin lives out her dream job of writing for children and young adults, and speaking to them at schools and conferences. She is a winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery (Counterfeit Son
), the ForeWard Book of the Year Award for Young Adult Fiction (The Perfect Shot
), the Society of Midland Authors Children's Fiction Award and Young Hoosier Book Award (Ghost Soldier
, also an Edgar Award nominee), the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award (Dinosaur Hunter
), two Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators Magazine Merit Awards, and the Virginia State Reading Association Award (The Ghost Cadet
Her fiction and nonfiction books for youngsters from beginning readers through teenagers have been selected for Bank Street College lists, TAYSHAS lists, VOYA Top Shelf lists, and 20 Children's Choice state award lists. She has written one book for adults: Creating Characters Kids Will Love. The Alphins live in Bozeman, Montana, and spend time in South Dakota and Wyoming. Get to know Elaine Marie Alphin better at her website: www.elainemariealphin.com.