Shadow’s life changed forever when his brother Daniel ran away. What will happen now that Daniel is home again?
For fifteen-year-old Shadow Thompson, life ended seven years agothe night his older brother Daniel ran away from home. That’s when Shadow stopped depending on other people and turned inward, relying only on himself. But now Daniel is back and he stands accused of murder.
Shadow’s anger at his brother, his parents’ struggle to cope with the sudden return of their son, and Daniel’s own feelings of guilt create an emotional undertow that threatens to consume the family. But as Shadow begins to open up to new friends, he slowly learns to trust and finally, to forgive. Now the Thompsons may get a second chance at being a family.
Award-winning author S. L. Rottman once again crafts a powerful story that depicts the complexity of human relationships within the framework of a troubled adolescent’s struggle to make sense of the people and the world around him.
|Publisher:||Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 16 Years|
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In SHADOW OF A DOUBT, author S. L. Rottman tackles several issues superbly, weaving the plot and subplots into a multi-layered novel teens will love. While the main issue is family reconciliation, other subjects include alienation, friendship, and the stigma of having a relative in the criminal justice system.
The main character, Shadow, has had to deal with the absence of his older brother for nearly half his life. But when Daniel returns, the entire family's life is turned upside down. Their mom and dad have many questions but tread softly, not wanting to alienate their returned prodigal son. Shadow resents the warm welcome and the "molly-coddling" Daniels receives from them, particularly in light of the murder charge hanging over his head.
As the parents try to allow Daniel to come and go as he pleases as he waits for his trial, Shadow feels overprotected and resents his lack of freedom. He has joined the Debate Team at school and gradually finds a sense of belonging. But the questions linger about Daniel's guilt or innocence and tension builds in the home as the trial draws near. In the end, Shadow must confront his parents, his brother, and his own suspicions and fears in order to grow as an individual. This proves to be extremely challenging, making SHADOW OF A DOUBT an engaging read.
The characters are well-rounded, the dialogue quite realistic, and the raw emotions of a family in turmoil ring true. Rottman has accurately portrayed a family's pain as they cope with loss and recovery, two roads exceedingly difficult for parents and their children.
Shadow of a Doubt is a book written by S.L. Rottman. He is the Author of the Award winning books such as Hero, Rough Waters, Head Above Water. Shadow of a Doubt is about a boy named Shadow who doesn¿t trust anyone and likes to push people away. This all started when his brother Daniel ran away from home, at the age of 15, taking Shadow¿s piggy bank with him. Shadow and Daniel were close. He followed him everywhere. Now approaching his own 15th birthday, he gets a shocking call from his brother after 7 years who just happens to be in a heap of trouble. You can almost imagine yourself there, and share the pain, and awkwardness that the family shares after they try to live under one roof together pretending everything is okay. I thought the book was good from start, but wasn¿t a book that you just have to keep reading & can¿t put down. It has over 100 pages, but big writing so it shouldn¿t take any time to read. It didn¿t lag in the beginning and its not like the books where you have to wait till the middle till the action picks up. I feel this is a book about Maturity, learning to trust people, self-esteem and even a little romance! If you have read some of the books by this author, you know these are some common themes in many of his books. I would recommend this book to the teen population. It would be a better age category for this kind of book. There were some highlights in the book that made you want to read the next chapter, but not too many where you couldn¿t put it down.
I love to read, you know. It's been a hobby of mine since I was eleven. The books that really wanted me to read more were Sweetblood and Blind Sighted. I read a few more books afterwards but they were all disapointments. I thought their would never be a book as good as Peter Moore's Blind Sighted was but then... I read Shadow of a Doubt! I found it in the teen section of Barns and Noble one day and the plot totally got me interested! It was better than what it summorizes in the back of the book! I finished this book in a week and was begging for more! The only dissapointment I got from this book was that I finished it at the end. I wanted more!!! This book got several awards for teens and you could see why! Nothing compeats with this book. Makes you laugh, cry, even teach you a leason or two. It's also great if you have a messed up family and you want to see how some people would deal with it. Loved it!
This book is about a boy named shadow whose brother ran away 7 years ago. Now he's back, and shadow doesn't know what to think. he hates his brother for running away like that, but at the same time he wants to have the relationship he never got to have. This book had me crying near the end. This is a great book, and if you haven't read it, go to your library NOW. This is a must-read!