The story is told in the formate of a police interrogation of Gabriel James. It keeps you wondering until the end about who was killed so it is there is full of suspense.
Winner of the Mystery Writers of America's 2011 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Fiction
American Library Association Quick Picks for Young Adults
Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List
Eyewitness to two killings, fourteen-year-old Gabriel James relates the shocking story behind the murders in a police interrogation interspersed with flashbacks. Step by step, this Montana teenager traces his discovery of a link between a troubled classmate's disturbing home life and an outbreak of local crime. In the process, however, Gabriel becomes increasingly confused about his own culpability for the explosive events that have unfolded.
Farrar Straus Giroux
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Trying to hard to deal with too many issues, this 2011 Edgar Award winner centers on high schooler Gabriel who is interrogated at his hometown Montana police station. As a witness to a double murder that is revealed only at the end, Gabriel relates the events that led up to the event. Family secrets, a long ago cult, hate crimes against the Native American star runner, drug dealing and the sudden erratic behavior of the homeless men who hang around the center where his mom works as a social worker are mashed in with Gabriel's own issues of his father's abandonment and then death, plus Gabriel's pseudo-stalking of a potential girlfriend. Disjointed dialogue doesn't really wrap everything up at the end, instead blaming a side character (the girlfriend's brother) who never has an engaging role in the plot. Disappointing.
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