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White Rabbit
Contributor(s): Roehrig, Caleb
ISBN: 1250085659     ISBN-13: 9781250085658
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
    OUR PRICE: $16.19  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: April 2018
Annotation: Rufus Holt has one night to prove his half-sister, April, innocent of murdering her boyfriend at a wild party--the very night his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian, shows up wanting to talk.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Murder; Fiction.
Gays; Fiction.
Stepfamilies; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017017586
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.25" W x 1.25" (1.00 lbs) 329 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Caleb Roehrig's debut YA thriller, Last Seen Leaving, was called one of the Best YA Novels of 2016 by Caleb lives with his husband in Los Angeles.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 February #2)

In this thrilling sophomore outing from Roehrig (Last Seen Leaving), 16-year-old Rufus Holt sets out with his ex, Sebastian, after getting a phone call from his half-sister April, who is at a party, begging for help. When they arrive at the cabin on the outskirts of Burlington, Vt., they find April stoned out of her mind with a knife in her hand and her drug-dealing boyfriend stabbed to death. She doesn't remember the last few hours, but she's willing to pay Rufus $2,000 to find out what really happened, money Rufus desperately needs. Rufus and Sebastian race to untangle a web of lies spun by a clique of rich kids while trying to stay ahead of the killer. Roehrig's metaphors are inspired ("the three of us were as tense and silent as a German horror film"), and his characters and family dynamics are heartbreakingly real. He nails the angst of spending time with an ex that you can't help but love, as well as the heartache and confusion of coming out. Ages 12–up. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Apr.)

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

Gr 9 Up—Rufus Holt is having a rough July 4th. First, the love of his young life, Sebastian, shows up out of nowhere, just five weeks after crushing Rufus's heart in a most painful and spectacular way. Then, his half-sister April calls, disoriented and desperate for his help. And just to ice the cake a little further, his mom tells him they're short $8,000 and they may lose the rest of what little they have. With no other option, Rufus allows Sebastian to drive him to his sister. When they find her, she is covered in blood, holding a knife, next to the dead body of her boyfriend. She doesn't remember much, but enough to know she didn't do it, and she is willing to pay Rufus to find out who did. Rufus and Sebastian have one night to uncover who really killed Fox Whitney. This excellent mystery has strong and believable characters. The relatively small cast and tight time frame lend themselves to extra focus and depth in each character's development. Roehrig obviously knows how to structure a mystery; it rolls out nicely, with each piece of the puzzle discovered at the appropriate time. Brief flashbacks of Rufus and Sebastian's story help give context to and propel current action that unfolds in a well-timed manner. Their relationship is the core of this tale, and it's portrayed intelligently and realistically with appropriate depth and compassion. VERDICT Excellent characters and plotting, as well as honest and compassionate storytelling make this a strong choice for any YA collection.—Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TX

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