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“You think I don’t know what your life is like? You don’t have a clue about my life. How about this? You don’t even know my name.”
I pointed to Dave. “You’re my best friend. What’s my name?”
“Wade. You’re creeping me out, dude.”
“You want to be creeped out? Listen up. My name isn’t Wade. I’m Kip McFarland. I went to school on a mental ward for violent juvenile offenders. I was the youngest and guilty of the most violent crime the Anchorage unit ever had. I was there for almost five years.”
“You’re making this up,” Brett said. “And it’s not funny.”
—From Right Behind You
When he was nine, Kip set another child on fire. Now, after years in a juvenile ward, he is ready for a fresh start. But the ghosts of his past demand justice, and he must reveal his painful secret. How can Kip reveal that he really is—or was—a murderer? Following Kip on his harrowing journey to forgiveness and redemption, critically- acclaimed author Gail Giles addresses a highly controversial topic that is sure to elicit discussion from teachers and teens alike.
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GAIL GILES is the author of four young adult novels, including her debut novel, Shattering Glass, which was an ALA Best of the Best Book, a Book Sense 76 selection and a Booklist Top 10 Mystery for Youth selection. What Happened to Cass McBride? was an ALA Best of the Best Book, a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and a Top Ten Quick Pick. A former high school teacher, Giles grew up in Texas and now lives there with her husband. You can visit her online at www.gailgiles.com.From School Library Journal:
Grade 8 Up—After setting his seven-year-old neighbor in Alaska on fire, Kip McFarland spends four years in a facility for violent juvenile offenders. When he is released at the age of 14, he, his father, and his new stepmother move to Indiana, with new names. For a while, Wade enjoys a normal life. Eventually, however, despite the warnings of his therapist, he sabotages his happiness in a drunken fit of rage. After he reveals his identity, the town turns on him and his family. Now, a coastal Texas town is their final shot at starting over. The cozy community appears to be a perfect haven, but Wade feels compelled to reveal his past to Sam, the beautiful and mysterious neighbor who is winning his heart—and has a story of her own. Will she still accept him once she finds out he is a murderer? This quick read has a compelling story line, but the characters, especially the adults, are at times one-dimensional, with voices that are somewhat indistinguishable from one another. Reluctant readers will be drawn to the story's accessibility, and many teens will be pulled in by the larger questions the novel poses about innocence and acceptance. Despite its flaws, this book will be a hit with Giles's fans.—Lynn Rashid, Marriots Ridge High School, Marriotsville, MD
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