"Stanley North, a high-school sophomore, is seduced by his destructive friend Jared into joining a dangerous game: breaking into houses while the owners are home and stealing one item, 'a token, any random object, as proof' . . . Readers will hold their breath".--The Horn Book.
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Michael Cadnum is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for adults and young adults, including the contemporary novels Rundown, Heat, and Edge (all Viking) and the historical novel In a Dark Wood (Orchard/Puffin). Michael Cadnum lives in Albany, California.
copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 9-12-- Stanley is a high-school student struggling to cope with estranged parents who inhabit the same house without ever communi cating with one another or with him. Stan is caught in the middle of their dissolving mar riage, as well as being drawn between the op posite poles represented by Sky, a potential girlfriend and a link to normalcy, and by Jared, a dangerous and unstable friend with a fasci nation for death and a penchant for self-de struction. For Sky, he attempts to return to the sports that were once important to him, hum bly befriends her Samoan family, and con fronts anything that threatens her. For Jared, he joins in a dangerous game of breaking and entering occupied houses for the thrill of fear that Jared needs to feel alive and, for a time, Stanley really can't tell which of these worlds will claim him first, or forever. This is a cryptic novel that offers a rapid series of scenes and descriptions and leaves readers to draw their own assessments of characters, conclusions, and moral judgments. The situations and events are harsh and often unpleasant, and there isn't much of the standard ``happily ever after'' variety to balance them, although the story ends on what appears to be a positive note. Some readers may be disturbed by this story, although mature teens may find it a more realistic reflection of a troubled world, in the manner of Robert Cormier, S. E. Hinton, and many adult writers. --Susan L. Rogers, Chestnut Hill Academy, PA
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