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Trav, Kate, and Buck make up a trio during their freshman year in high school, but their special friendship may not be enough to save Trav as he pressures himself relentlessly to succeed, in his own eyes as well as in the eyes of his parents and the world.
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How well do we know our best friends?
They were the best of friends. Sixteen-year-old Buck Mendenhall first met Kate Lucas the summer before seventh grade. In eighth grade they made friends with the brilliant and wealthy newcomer, Trav Kirby.
They didn't seem to need anyone else. Mostly they looked forward to the good times shared at Kate's house. it didn't matter if their classmates wondered about them; no one could unravel their binding ties.
At least that's what they thought. When one of the trio finds the future too great a threat, the other two can only wonder: "How well did we know our best friend?"
"With humanity, wit, and a quiet intensity, Peck's novel depicts suicide as a turning point inward of the pressures in an alienated and violent society." -- Booklist, starred review.
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.From Publishers Weekly:
Buck, Trav and Kate are inseparable friends during junior and senior high school, until Trav hangs himself at age 16. Parents and school boards accuse each other of irresponsibility in the matter; Buck's father and Kate's great-grandmother come forward to bring the real topicteen suicideinto the open. PW said that this is Peck's "best book so far, a tragic story that contains moments of joy and high hilaritylike life." (12-upst
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Book Description Dell Publishing, 1986. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M9992246898