Guilty

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Tracie crumples and falls to the ground. My dad twists around to look at her. He bellows. He lunges at the man again.
Blam
Blam
A second person falls to the ground.
Only my dad is left standing.

Finn watches in horror as his stepmother is gunned down in front of his house. His father reacts and kills the gunman. When Finn learns that the ...

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Overview

Tracie crumples and falls to the ground. My dad twists around to look at her. He bellows. He lunges at the man again.
Blam
Blam
A second person falls to the ground.
Only my dad is left standing.

Finn watches in horror as his stepmother is gunned down in front of his house. His father reacts and kills the gunman. When Finn learns that the killer is the same man who admitted to killing his birth mother years before, he is shocked and wants to know if this is more than a terrible coincidence. At the police station, he meets Lila, daughter of the killer, and they strike up a wary friendship. Both of them are desperate to find the truth. What they discover hints at a much larger conspiracy.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"[A] searing detective story...The novel gets off to a tense start as 17-year-old Finn watches a strange man approach his father and stepmother in front of their garage...The chapters alternate between Finn and Lila's points of view, a juxtaposition that lends even more depth and energy to an already exciting story."
CM Magazine
"McClintock is well-known for her many young adult crime novels...Guilty will appeal to both her fans and to new readers as well. The book is fast-paced and exciting...The usual elements of a good mystery are all there, with a number of suspects and potential scenarios. People keep secrets of all kinds, and the final unravelling of the plot surprises both Lila and Finn and will catch readers off guard both in its simplicity and ingenuity....Highly Recommended."
Tri State YA Book Review Committee
"Layers of description and Finn and Lila's discoveries, as well as their budding relationship, will keep the readers engaged until the very end...A good read for reluctant and voracious readers alike. The characters are compelling and the plot just twisted enough to hold attention."
CanLit for LittleCanadians blog
"Guilty is a perfect example of why Norah McClintock is the queen of Canadian YA crime fiction, having won the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction at least five times...With both Finn and Lila coming at the crimes from different perspectives, converging at a dramatic life-threatening climax, Norah McClintock keeps the story fast-paced and intriguing, hopeful for justice (the coveted aim for most readers of crime fiction) and even peace of mind through resolution."
YALSA YA Galley Teen Review
"A thrilling tale of three mysterious murders. Just when you think you have it all figured out—everything changes...Best. Ending. Ever."
Library Media Connection
"McClintock's book will be a sure winner because of its short format, intriguing plot, and interesting characters."
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"McClintock maintains pace and tension throughout this novel and manages to make an incongruous situation entirely believable."
CanLit for Little Canadians blog
"Guilty is a perfect example of why Norah McClintock is the queen of Canadian YA crime fiction, having won the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction at least five times...With both Finn and Lila coming at the crimes from different perspectives, converging at a dramatic life-threatening climax, Norah McClintock keeps the story fast-paced and intriguing, hopeful for justice (the coveted aim for most readers of crime fiction) and even peace of mind through resolution."
Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Three violent deaths unite teenagers Finn Newsome and Lila Ouimette. Murder torments Finn who heard his stepmother Tracie scream for help before being fatally shot. Finn also watched his father, Rob, lethally attack a stranger who had rung the Newsomes' doorbell several hours before. Finn's father explained that the dead man, Louis Oiumette, had broken into the Newsome home when Finn was seven and slain his mother, Angela. Lila, who had just reunited with her recently paroled father after he had been imprisoned for committing the first Newsome murder, is stunned when police officers inform her of his death. Listening to detectives talk with the Newsomes, Lila realizes who Finn is, but he is unaware of her identity. Lila, hoping to exonerate her father who had insisted he was innocent, wants proof he was not guilty. Finn notices Lila among the mourners at Tracie's funeral and demands to know why she attended. The teens discuss their shared history, cautiously forming an alliance due to the tragedies that bind them. At the Newsomes' nightclub where Louis worked when Angela's murder occurred, the teens question employees who had identified him as the sole suspect. The narrative shifts smoothly between Finn's and Lila's perspectives as the pair ponder revelations, realize inconsistencies, and reconsider decade-old memories. Both viewpoints provide readers clues regarding past events and why the recent murders happened. Consequences of greed and betrayal reverberate, intensifying suspense, as Finn and Lila are confronted by facts, characters' motivations, and an unexpected twist. Readers will empathize with the protagonists' agonizing dilemmas in this satisfying thriller and might also enjoy McClintock's numerous mysteries and Todd Strasser's Kill You Last (2011) featuring murdered and murderous parents. Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer
ALAN Review - Kate Mitchell
Finn may not have liked his stepmother, but that doesn't mean he likes watching her be shot in front of his house. His father reacts and kills the gunman, which launches Finn's journey through his past once he learns it was the same man who killed his biological mother when he was a child. At the same time, Lila, the daughter of the killer, learns that her newly-released-from-prison father is dead. She has barely had time to get to know him, and he is already gone. She tries to figure out the truth, leading Finn to question everything he knows. The pretense for the story implies excitement and intrigue, but while the characters do experience it, the reader does not. McClintock writes a tale that should be suspenseful but isn't, and while the novel is an enjoyable read, it does not fulfill its potential. Reviewer: Kate Mitchell
VOYA - Bethany Martin
Finn's stepmother is shot and dies right outside his bedroom window; after a struggle, his father kills the gunman. This traumatic event brings up memories of an earlier tragedy—when Finn was seven, his mother was murdered by the same gunman. Lila is the daughter of the dead gunman. She waited ten years to have a life with the father in prison for a crime he swore he did not commit. Lila has always believed her father, but now she does not know what to think. Looking for answers, she shows up at Finn's stepmother's funeral. Finn and Lila begin a tentative friendship and together discover the truth about all three deaths. McClintock has crafted an engrossing thriller that will keep readers turning pages. Full of intrigue from the first page, the story alternates between Finn and Lila's narration, which, at times, is disruptive. Lila's situation, in particular, is a bit unrealistic (the aunt who raised her lets her live alone in an unfamiliar town for seven weeks after her father's death); however, McClintock does a fine job of capturing both teen's emotional responses to events. The quest to discover the truth, rather than character development, is what drives this book, and teens will be drawn into the mystery. The action and shorter length make this an ideal choice for reluctant readers, but it is also a good pick for avid mystery and thriller fans. Reviewer: Bethany Martin
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Lila Ouimette's father is shot, apparently while committing murder. Finn Newsome witnesses a man (who happens to be Lila's father) kill his stepmother. Then he sees his father kill the man. It happens that the man is the same one who killed Finn's birth mother 10 years earlier. Finn has the feeling that this just can't be a coincidence and struggles to find answers to the two crimes. Lila struggles with her father's death and wonders what kind of person he was to be involved in two deaths. Finn and Lila meet at the police station, and neither one realizes who the other is. Little do they know how their paths will cross as they try to comprehend what happened and who is responsible. Guilty is told in fairly short, alternating chapters between Finn and Lila. The resolution of the mystery is somewhat predictable, but the story is fast paced and it may appeal to reluctant readers.—Shannon Seglin, Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554699896
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 464,439
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL560L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Norah McClintock is a five-time winner of the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Novel. Although Norah is a freelance editor, she still manages to write at least one novel a year. Visit www.norahmcclintock.com for more information.

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Tracie crumples and falls to the ground. My dad twists around to look at her. He bellows. He lunges at the man again.

    Blam!

    Blam!

    A second person falls to the ground.

    Only my dad is left standing.

Read More Show Less

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    This book was the best book I have read in years. I'm not a huge

    This book was the best book I have read in years. I'm not a huge reader and I'm 15 but this book was finished in a week it was so suspenseful and kept you wanting to read it. Love this book!

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