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She Said/She Saw

She Said/She Saw

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by Norah McClintock
     
 

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Tegan was in the backseat when her two best friends were gunned down in front of her. Was it an argument over drugs? An ongoing feud? Or something more random? Tegan says she didn't see who did it. Or know why. Nobody will believe her. Not the police; not her friends; not the families of the victims; and not even Kelly, her own sister. Is she afraid that the killer

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Tegan was in the backseat when her two best friends were gunned down in front of her. Was it an argument over drugs? An ongoing feud? Or something more random? Tegan says she didn't see who did it. Or know why. Nobody will believe her. Not the police; not her friends; not the families of the victims; and not even Kelly, her own sister. Is she afraid that the killer will come back? Or does she know more than she is saying? Shunned at school and feeling alone, Tegan must sort through her memories and try to decide what is real and what is imagined. And in the end she must decide whether she has the strength to stand up and do the right thing.

Editorial Reviews

Canadian Literature
"The novel is fast-paced and dramatic as chapters of first-person narrative are juxtaposed with a movie-script portrayal of events."
CD Syndicated
"A triple good read of a suspenseful thriller...Its topic is timely, its characters flawed but smart, and the screenplay format a great introduction to the discipline."
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"Sure to appeal to teenage mystery fans...McClintock's writing is taut and tense, and the reader will find him/herself flipping rapidly through the pages seeking the truth...about that fateful night."
CM Magazine
[A] fascinating narrative...McClintock has created a thrilling and thoroughly believable suspense novel that explores many issues, including drug use, relationships, memory, trust, and more...Tegan and Kelly are both fully realized and engaging teenagers, but adult characters are also surprisingly complex, most notably Martin's father, Tony Genovese. This page-turner is a quick and enjoyable read, and teens who are discovering McClintock for the first time will no doubt run to the library to find more of her great reads. Highly Recommended."
Library Media Connection
"The story's themes are mature but realistic...[and] the story is adept in portraying the lives of contemporary teens."
Tri-State YA Book Review Committee
"McClintock can sure tell a story! She creates a duo of sisters who are credible in their jealousy anti-relationship, she creates a murder scenario that is eerie and unexplainable, and finally, she uses originality in her presentation that the reader will simply adore!...Her use of a play-like structure is intriguing and thought-provoking...[and] the drama at the end will astound the reader!"
Canadian Children's Book News
"Mystery queen Norah McClintock has created another edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep readers guessing until the end...A fast-paced and enjoyable read that will make an excellent addition to any teen mystery collection."
Washington State Young Adult Review Group
"A quick, enjoyable read for mystery fans."
Tacoma School District #10
"An exciting read."
Children's Literature - Amanda Ledbetter
Tegan is witness to a brutal crime. From the back seat of an SUV, she watches as two friends in the front are shot at point blank range and killed. Hidden by the tinted rear windows, Tegan escapes a similar fate, but she is so shocked by the crime that she fails to even glimpse the attacker. Questioned by everyone including the police, the victims' families, and her own sister, Tegan has to deal with her inability to provide any real evidence to help catch the killer. All those around her believe that that she is just too afraid to speak up, and soon everyone is pressuring her to confess what she knows. When Tegan's family is eventually threatened for her silence, she realizes that things will never be the same. She chooses not to allow evil to win by being a good person who does nothing, and the result is one that most readers will not see coming. At the heart of the story lies the important message to avoid assumptions and prejudice because nobody sees the whole story and that the truth may be a far cry from what one believes it to be. The story is told from two first-person perspectives—Tegan's, which follows traditional narrative form, and her sister Kelly's, which reflects the style of a television screenplay. This changing point of view merges with mystery to keep readers engaged and attentive from beginning to end, when the truth is finally revealed. Reviewer: Amanda Ledbetter
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—This fast-paced mystery revolves around the fallout from a drug-related drive-by shooting through the story of two sisters: Tegan, the only survivor in the car, and Kelly, 10 months younger than her popular sister. The deaths of two popular high school students devastate the community, and it is up to Tegan to help bring the murderer(s) to justice. Although she is interrogated repeatedly by the police and representatives of the victims' families, she cannot provide details of the attack. Initially, most people claim to understand that she may be in some sort of traumatic shock; her inability to recall the assailant's identity leads to shunning by her peers, including her sister. Pressured by the intimidation, Tegan publishes an online video addressed to the killer, which ultimately makes her a target. Although the ending is highly dramatic, the events do not stretch beyond believability. Tegan's mental block is understandable and realistic. The infighting between the families of the two victims, both from different economic, ethnic, and social backgrounds, is tragic and believable. The dangers of buying illegal drugs are presented without overt moralization. Through alternating the narrative between the two sisters, McClintock unveils details about Tegan and the victims that surprise and change readers' initial attitudes about them. Several scenes, including one in which Tegan learns that her mother's job is in jeopardy and a flashback involving an enraged motorist, crackle with tension. A solid choice for reluctant readers.—Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

McClintock, the author of the Ellis Award–winning Chloe & Levesque crime series for teen readers, returns with a slim and shocking stand-alone. Tegan and Kelly are nearly twins, born less than a year apart. They live with their single mom, inhabiting realities so starkly different they barely acknowledge one another's existence—until the unthinkable happens. Tegan's two best friends are shot dead at point-blank range right in front of her. As the investigation unfolds, Tegan's unable to contribute in any meaningful way, either having blocked out the memory of that night or having failed to pick up any details of it in the first place. She becomes the most widely reviled girl in school, and even Kelly isn't sure she trusts Tegan anymore. McClintock lays all the complexities and horror of adolescence bare. She has the two sisters trade turns narrating, with Kelly's narrative written as a screenplay and Tegan's composed as first-person journal entries. The brisk pace, solid character development and inventive structuring make for fast, page-turning reading, and at all wraps up with an unpredictable plot twist and ending. Mysterious and haunting, packed with hard truths about adolescence. (Mystery. 15 & up)

Kirkus Reviews

McClintock, the author of the Ellis Award–winning Chloe & Levesque crime series for teen readers, returns with a slim and shocking stand-alone. Tegan and Kelly are nearly twins, born less than a year apart. They live with their single mom, inhabiting realities so starkly different they barely acknowledge one another's existence—until the unthinkable happens. Tegan's two best friends are shot dead at point-blank range right in front of her. As the investigation unfolds, Tegan's unable to contribute in any meaningful way, either having blocked out the memory of that night or having failed to pick up any details of it in the first place. She becomes the most widely reviled girl in school, and even Kelly isn't sure she trusts Tegan anymore. McClintock lays all the complexities and horror of adolescence bare. She has the two sisters trade turns narrating, with Kelly's narrative written as a screenplay and Tegan's composed as first-person journal entries. The brisk pace, solid character development and inventive structuring make for fast, page-turning reading, and at all wraps up with an unpredictable plot twist and ending. Mysterious and haunting, packed with hard truths about adolescence. (Mystery. 15 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554693351
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,247,798
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
HL650L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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Read an Excerpt

But before he got a word out, his eyes shifted from me to the driver's-side window. BOOM!

BOOM!

BOOM!

Something stung my cheek. It turned out to be a shard of glass.

Something splattered all over my face and my hair and the front of my coat. It turned out to be blood and brains and tiny pieces of bone.

Someone screamed. It turned out to be me.

Meet the Author

Norah McClintock is a five-time winner of the Crime Writers of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people. She is the author of more than sixty YA novels, including books in Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series. Norah lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.norahmcclintock.com.

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