Bullet Point
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Bullet Point

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by Peter Abrahams
     
 

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Wyatt never really thought much about his dad—a hardened criminal, a lifer in a prison somewhere on the other side of the state. But then the economy had to go and tank, and the community had to go and cut the baseball program from Wyatt's high school. And then the coach had to go and show Wyatt a photograph of his dad at sixteen, looking very much like Wyatt

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Wyatt never really thought much about his dad—a hardened criminal, a lifer in a prison somewhere on the other side of the state. But then the economy had to go and tank, and the community had to go and cut the baseball program from Wyatt's high school. And then the coach had to go and show Wyatt a photograph of his dad at sixteen, looking very much like Wyatt himself. Through a series of unfortunate—or perhaps they were fortunate—events, Wyatt meets a crazy-hot girl named Greer with a criminal dad of her own. A criminal dad who is, in fact, in jail with Wyatt's own criminal dad. Greer arranges a meeting, and Wyatt's dad is nothing like the guy he's imagined—he's suave, and smart, and funny, and cool, and—Wyatt's pretty sure—innocent. So Wyatt decides to help him out. A decision that may possibly be the worst he's ever made in his life.

This is another hold-your-breath thriller by the New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award nominated Peter Abrahams.

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Editorial Reviews

Gordon Korman
“With characters that are vivid and 100% believable-this is an absolutely potboiler. I wish there were more books like this aimed at teens.”-
Booklist (starred review)
“Edgier and sexier than most YA novels dare.”
Booklist
"Edgier and sexier than most YA novels dare."
ALA Booklist
“As tough and gritty a YA thriller as I’ve ever read, with enough startling twists to leave me breathless and begging for more Abrahams.”
VOYA - Hillary Crew
Baseball is cut because of the budget, so sixteen-year-old Wyatt, advised by his coach, transfers to a more affluent high school in Silver City. Wyatt, who has had a fight with his out-of-work step-father, is eager to go but his friend, who also moves, takes the vacant spot on the team. Baseball, however, is forgotten when Wyatt discovers that his biological father, Sonny Racine, is serving a life-sentence in nearby Sweetwater Penitentiary for armed robbery. Wyatt's life changes fast when he is drawn into a sexual relationship with sophisticated nineteen-year-old Greer, who has a "reputation," and as he begins to receive calls from a father he had not known until he visited him in prison. Is his father innocent? Some believe so, including Greer. "Same person could arrive at different answers" is an insight that Wyatt learns the hard way as he and Greer begin to investigate the robbery at Millerville with dire results. Wyatt's odyssey takes place in a well-delineated landscape of recession that is affects Wyatt's and Greer's lives. The emphasis on Wyatt's character and his relationships, especially the back-and-forth relationship between Wyatt and Greer, together with questions about innocence, guilt, and justice contribute to a complex story that is a thriller with a dramatic denouement. Wyatt is an engaging, thoughtful teenager who experiences how things can spin out-of-control when one does not know all the answers. This is a very well-written, riveting read for older teens. Reviewer: Hillary Crew
Children's Literature - Deanna D'Antonio
Sixteen-year-old Wyatt Lathem lives in Lowertown, East Canton and, like the town around him, his life is sinking deep into despair. The closing of the local foundry has forced individual families and the town as a whole to face a number of hardships—and family is no exception. Tenuous during the best of times, Wyatt's relationship with his stepfather—a former foundry employee, now jobless and bitter—has recently become violent and explosive. Even Wyatt's one release, playing baseball, is affected as recent budget cuts have forced the eradication of nearly all extracurricular programs. Thoughts of starting anew in the nearby town of Silver City are quickly dashed as well. Wyatt is essentially red-shirted from the baseball team of his new high school; he becomes intimately involved with an older girl who has a troubled and suspicious past; and his absent biological father, a prisoner serving a lifetime sentence for a murder he may not have committed, suddenly reaches out to Wyatt. Confused and alone, Wyatt finds himself embroiled within a mystery, unsure of who to trust and what to believe. Author Peter Abrahams' writing is fairly sparse, but the novel is carried along briskly by his deft use of dialogue. The pages turn quickly, with readers as eager as Wyatt to uncover the truth; however, the novel's end leaves much to be desired. It feels much like a harried afterthought, with explanations gratuitous and largely unsupported, when provided at all (how does Sonny learn the name of Greer's landlord and the type of car he drives?). Characters make abrupt changes that seem inconsistent with prior portrayals. In addition, Wyatt himself is given a virtual slap on the wrist, despite his active involvement in aiding and abetting an escaped murderer. Recommendations for the novel from chapter one through twenty-eight are high; the same cannot be said for chapters twenty-nine on. Reviewer: Deanna D'Antonio
Leslie Ostrowski
Wyatt has never met his father—Sweetwater State Penitentiary and his mother had made sure of that. But when the economy takes a turn for the worse and Wyatt's school baseball team gets cut, the teen's world begins to change. Not only does he move to a new city and school, but Wyatt also meets Greer, an adventurous and independent 19-year-old girl. Now living just a short distance from Sweetwater, Wyatt begins to receive phone calls from his incarcerated father. As his relationship with his dad and his romance with Greer blossom, Wyatt begins to challenge what he has always believed. Could his father actually be innocent of the crime that has put him away for life? For mature readers, this action thriller will keep readers engaged at every twist and turn. Reviewer: Leslie Ostrowski
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Wyatt Lathem, a high school sophomore, lives with his mom, stepfather, and younger sister, and is on the varsity baseball team. When budget cuts shut down his school's baseball program, Wyatt's coach suggests that he transfer to another school so that he can play baseball and possibly get a full scholarship to college. When the boy learns that his best friend is also moving to Silver City to play baseball, he suggests that they both live with his aunt. Unfortunately, only one transfer student can play sports, and Wyatt's friend gets the spot. When Wyatt's father, who has lost his job, gets abusive and threatens the boy, Wyatt decides to move anyway. Wyatt learns that his biological father, Sonny, who he has never met, is in the Silver City penitentiary accused of murder. Wyatt meets Greer, a 19-year-old whose father is in prison with his dad, and she helps arrange a meeting. Wyatt begins to think that his father is innocent and makes a series of very bad decisions. Peter Abraham's gritty novel (HarperTeen, 2010), with strong language and sexual situations, never really seems to have a point. Rich Orlow does an adequate job with the narration, but doesn't provide enough voice changes to easily distinguish the characters.—Suanne B. Roush, Osceola High School, Seminole, FL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061227691
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Pages:
294
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Gordon Korman
“With characters that are vivid and 100% believable-this is an absolutely potboiler. I wish there were more books like this aimed at teens.”-

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