Free Radical

Free Radical

by Claire Rudolf Murphy


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Free Radical by Claire Rudolf Murphy

Luke McHenry loves baseball. After repeated disappointments, he is determined to make the All Star team. Then his mother makes an explosive confession: 31 years ago she was involved in an anti–Vietnam War protest that went horribly wrong, and a student was killed. Mom has been in hiding ever since, but now she is ready to turn herself in. While her whole life in Alaska has been a masquerade, for Luke it is his only reality. Suddenly, everything—from the baseball season to his very identity—is in jeopardy.
As Luke witnesses his mother’s struggle to face up to the mistakes of her youth, he begins to understand his own hopes and fears—and who he really is. Free Radical is both a contemporary coming-of-age story and a moving depiction of a parent’s guilt and need for forgiveness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618111343
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 03/15/2002
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)
Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Claire Rudolf Murphy is the author of two previous novels and several books of nonfiction. She was inspired to write Free Radical while contemplating her own feelings about the Vietnam War and how teenagers view it today. After spending many years in Alaska, Claire and her family now live in Spokane, Washington. This is her first book for Clarion.

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Free Radical 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CookA47 More than 1 year ago
This is about a kid who lives in Alaska. He is shocked to find out that his laid back, calm mother has been on the run from the FBI more that twenty five years. I didn't like the amount of action in this book, as it was very low. If you are baseball, or maybe into long lost cases, I would read this book.