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When the sixteen-year-old runaway Chap is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel, his life changes dramatically. Chap takes on Cassiel’s identity, gaining the family and friends he’s always dreamed of having. But becoming someone else isn’t as easy as he hoped and Chap isn’t the only one hiding a secret. As he teeters on the brink of discovery and begins to unravel the mystery behind Cassiel’s disappearance, Chap realizes that he’s in much deeper danger than he could have imagined.

After all, you can’t just steal a life and expect to get away with it.

Award-winning author Jenny Valentine delivers an explosive mystery where dark secrets, betrayal, and loss pave the way for one teen’s chance at redemption.

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Jenny Valentinestudied English literature at Goldsmith's College, which almost made her stop reading but not quite. Her debut novel,Me, the Missing, and the Dead, was a William C. Morris Award finalist and won the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in the UK under the titleFinding Violet Park. She is also the author ofBroken Soup, a Best Books for Young Adults title. Jenny is married to a singer/songwriter and has two children. She lives in Hay-on-Wye, England.

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In a case of mistaken identity, homeless 16-year-old Chap is thought to be a missing boy who is his exact double. When he is welcomed into the boy’s home, Chap decides to play along with the misunderstanding because it offers him what he has always wanted: a family. But how long can he safely maintain his ruse, since this particular family comes freighted down with a full complement of dark secrets, some of which may prove to be deadly? Will Chap be able to stay out of harm’s way or will he, too, go missing? Valentine’s latest novel, long-listed for Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal, is a fast-paced and suspenseful mystery that is also an examination of one teen’s urgent struggle to discover his identity. Though not without its implausibilities and weighted down by a lengthy stretch of exposition near the end, the story remains a page-turning read that will attract teen mystery buffs. Grades 8-12. --Michael Cart

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