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Contributor(s): Armstrong, Kelley
ISBN: 0399550364     ISBN-13: 9780399550362
Publisher: Crown Pub
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2018
Annotation: Returning home three years after her brother dies while committing a school shooting, Skye endeavors to reconnect with her former best friend, Jesse, whose own brother was among the victims of the tragedy. By the best-selling author of the Age of Legends series.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
School shootings; Juvenile fiction.
Brothers; Death; Juvenile fiction.
High school students; Juvenile fiction.
Dewey: [Fic
LCCN: 2018288667
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.25" W x 1.00" (1.10 lbs) 371 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Kelley Armstrong is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Otherworld series, as well as the New York Times bestselling young adult trilogy Darkest Powers, the Darkness Rising trilogy, and the Nadia Stafford series. She lives in rural Ontario, Canada.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 March #3)

In this absorbing, fast-paced thriller, Skye Gilchrist is back at Riverside Collegiate High School, yet her welcome is anything but warm. Three years ago, her brother, Luka, was killed in a school shooting—and he was one of the shooters. Also killed that day was the brother of Skye's crush, Jesse Mandal. Now back at school, Skye discovers that Jesse is not the studious boy she once knew: he's pessimistic, skips class, and was expelled from another school for fighting. But when someone concocts a series of events trying to make it look like Skye is causing mayhem, Jesse comes to her aid. Can they bridge the divide between them and stop another killing? Armstrong sensitively handles the aftermath of a school shooting from multiple perspectives—that of the victims' families and the family of the shooter. She also effectively tackles the topics of bullying and how acting out can be a sign of grief and pain. Skye and Jesse's burgeoning romance sweetens this insightful drama. Ages 12–up. Agent: Sarah Heller, Hellen Heller Agency. (May)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 May)

Gr 9 Up—When Skye was 13, her beloved brother was found holding a gun and killed by police during a high school shooting that claimed the lives of four other students. Her grandmother swiftly moved Skye and her mother out of town hoping to avoid the inevitable retribution. Plagued by national headlines, they had to move multiple times. Now, three years later, Skye's grandmother has had her second stroke, and her mother has severe clinical depression. Child services decides to place Skye back in her hometown to live with her aunt. Despite still reeling from grief and unable to grasp that her sibling was a murderer, there's no avoiding former classmates who lost family and friends in the tragedy. Skye dreads having to face her best friend and middle school crush, Jesse, whose own brother was one of the victims. The trauma has drastically changed both of their lives and altered their personalities. But when Skye's life appears threatened by a series of increasingly bizarre incidents, their former relationship reemerges. Jesse becomes one of Skye's only defenders when even her aunt refuses to believe she's become the target of revenge. Armstrong's portrayal of Skye's anguish and confusion is heartbreaking. She takes a pointed look at how people often transfer blame for a shooter's actions onto family members. VERDICT Teens will be drawn to this story and barely notice the lack of credibility in its intense and satisfying climax.—Cary Frostick, formerly at Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.