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Winner of the Edgar Award
The story of a teen's struggle to prove her brother innocent of murder.
The Crime: The murder of John Johnson, beloved baseball coach.
The Accused: 18-year-old Jeremy Long, who hasn't spoken a single word in 12 years.
Witness for the Defense: 16-year-old Hope Long, the only person who believes her brother is innocent.
Other Suspects: The police have none. But Hope's list is growing.
From author Dandi Daley Mackall comes a gripping murder mystery and a dark yet powerfully redemptive story of love, secrets, and silence.
|Publisher:||Random House Children's Books|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Lexile:||HL620L (what's this?)|
|Age Range:||14 Years|
About the Author
DANDI DALEY MACKALL has written many books for children and adults. She has held a humorist column and served as freelance editor, has hosted over 200 radio phone-in programs, and has made dozens of appearances on TV. Dandi conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the U.S. and keynotes at conferences and young author events. She writes from rural Ohio with her husband, three children, and their horses, dogs, and cats.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow! Great mystery, with deep characters--realistic courtroom scenes, suspense, love. Great read!
This book is AWESOME! I was acutually sad when it ended because I loved it so much! Weird... but I would want sequal, but what would it be about? Maybe just more about life after... somthing like that. But it ended kinda odd, like what about TJ? Or why did his mom take the blame? But Yeah this is my new fav, I loved the charecters, the setting. Even if a book was similar I wouldn't like it as much because the charecters were so....AWESOME!
This book has recently been awarded the Edgar Allan Poe award for Best Young Adult Mystery. No reason to limit the book to a particular age; the story keeps the reader guessing who committed the murder all the way to the end, and it accomplished the goal without a speck of rawness and gore! There is also evidence of love, family dedication and acts of kindness, as well as suspense and tension. This is a book well worth reading...enjoy!
Review by Jill Williamson Coach Johnson is dead, and sixteen-year-old Hope Long is the only person who believes that her eighteen-year-old brother, Jeremy, is innocent. Sure, Jeremy is a little different--he's always been that way--but he's no killer. But there are no other suspects, so Hope sets out to find some and prove that Jeremy didn't kill Coach. I'm totally impressed! This was a wonderfully creative mystery novel. The writing was excellent, and the characters were even better. I was completely sucked in and didn't see the end coming. I'm so glad I bought this book! This is the first I've read of MacKall's books, but I'm going to keep an eye peeled for whatever she writes in the future. If you like John Grisham, you'd like this book. With the wrongly accused and the search to find the truth, this book was one I couldn't put down. Highly recommended.
Hope Long is sixteen-years-old and is stuck in a life where she can barely breathe. This is a girl whose mother is total slime. Old Mom likes to drink like a sieve, hit her kids, go from trailer to trailer, and bed every male slime in the universe; in other words, dear Mom is the essence of trailer-trash. The one bright spot in Hope's life is her truly wonderful brother, Jeremy. Jeremy suffers from a disease that even the doctors fight over - could be Autism, but might be something else. But Hope thinks her brother is simply one of the most amazing people, with one of the biggest hearts she's ever seen. So when it comes time to take the stand in his defense, Hope is physically ill as she has to retell the story of how it came to be that her brother is now sitting in a chair, while others make the decision over whether he should live or die. Coach Johnson, a man who seriously loved Jeremy and let him help out with the baseball team, is found dead, and Jeremy was seen running from the building with a baseball bat in his hand. So, of course, according to the town and the hideous local sheriff, the 'crazy' Jeremy has to be the killer. But Hope just can't believe that. She begins to tell the prosecutor about their background, regaling him with stories of how truly wonderful her brother is. She talks about the time that Jeremy gave up his clothes and extra food to people who needed help and were homeless. She talks about ALL the good things Jeremy has done, but still people don't believe her when she says he's innocent. Chase is the young man in town that Hope has feelings for. Unfortunately, he is also the son of the sheriff who truly hates Hope's brother and wants him to die by lethal injection. Hope's best friend is T.J. who has taken it upon himself to get Chase's help in finding out who really killed Coach Johnson in order to set Jeremy free. The mystery is truly gripping in this YA novel, and not many readers will be able to guess who the real killer of Coach Johnson was. But the reason this story is truly powerful is because of the character of Jeremy - his kind heart and caring spirit - and the amazing relationship between brother and sister. Quill Says: A gripping murder mystery with a wealth of honesty, respect, and love that flows throughout.
Not very good.