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White Pine Award 2023

A Novel
By (author): Kate McLaughlin
Kate McLaughlin


Wednesday Books



Product Form:


Form detail:

Dust jacket
Hardcover , Dust jacket


Young Adult : Age (years) 13 - 18
Mar 08, 2022
Print Run: 30000
$24.99 CAD


8.31in x 5.78 x 1.21 in | 390 gr

Page Count:

336 pages
St. Martin's Press
Wednesday Books
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense / General

* International Thriller Award Finalist *

Kate McLaughlin’s Daughter is a young adult novel about trying to right deadly choices that were never yours to begin with.

Scarlet’s life is pretty average. Overly protective mom. Great friends. Cute boy she’s interested in. And a father she’s never known – until she does.

When the FBI show up at Scarlet’s door, she is shocked to learn her father is infamous serial killer Jeffrey Robert Lake. And now, he’s dying and will only give the names and locations of his remaining victims to the one person, the daughter he hasn’t seen since she was a baby.

Scarlet’s mother has tried to protect her from Lake’s horrifying legacy, but there’s no way they can escape the media firestorm that erupts when they come out of hiding. Or the people who blame Scarlet for her father’s choices. When trying to do the right thing puts her life in danger, Scarlet is faced with a choice – go back into hiding or make the world see her as more than a monster’s daughter.

KATE McLAUGHLIN is the author of Daughter and What Unbreakable Looks Like, a YALSA 2021 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. She likes people, so much so that she spends her days making up her own. A proud Nova Scotian, she'll gladly tell you all about the highest tides in the world, the magical creation known as a donair, and people who have sofas in their kitchens. Currently, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and four cats.

Praise for Daughter:

2023 ITW Thriller Award Finalist
2023 White Pine Award Winner
A Top Ten YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

"A dark, surprisingly moving tale... Packed with great characters and a plot that often feels a little too much like real life, Daughter also manages to ask thoughtful questions about complicity, agency, and what justice really looks like." - Paste Magazine, "The Best New YA Books of March 2022"

“A chilling story of victimization, shame, and the casualties of crime, McLaughlin explores the myriad of emotions involved in discovering a heinous truth, and the obligation one can feel to fight for those who no longer can. Haunting and memorable, this book is perfect for true-crime junkies.” - Laurie Faria Stolarz, bestselling author of The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep

Praise for Pieces of Me:

The Nerd Daily, "YA Book Releases To Add To Your TBR In 2023"

Quill & Quire, "2023 Spring Preview: Books for Young Readers"

"[An] empathetic portrait of a mental health condition. McLaughlin deftly integrates and fleshes out the various alters [in this] respectful and well-researched exploration of one teenager’s experience living with dissociative identity disorder." - Publishers Weekly

Pieces of Me is a chilling, yet empathetic, look into Dissociative Identity Disorder. With her calm, pure, voice, Kate McLaughlin delves deep into the crevices of this misunderstood disorder and a young woman's mind. I had to keep reading not only to understand Dylan, the main character—but to understand all of the people inside Dylan’s head." - Hayley Krischer, author of Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf and The Falling Girls

Praise for What Unbreakable Looks Like:

A YALSA 2021 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers
2022 White Pine Award Winner

Book Riot, "The Ultimate Guide to Spring 2020 YA Books for Your TBR"

Culturess, "13 must-read June YA book releases to start your summer off right"

"This shines a light on a little-talked-about topic that involves teens." - Booklist (Starred Review)

"This story of resilience and recovery is gritty and heavy but ultimately hopeful... A gut-punch story with an uplifting ending." - Kirkus

"[A] beautiful insight into what it means to heal and have hope. ...If you are wanting a heartwarming, heartbreaking, inspiring, and hard hitting story, I would definitely recommend you pick this book up." - The Nerd Daily

"Gritty and moving, What Unbreakable Looks Like is a compelling story about recovery and the problem of human trafficking that persists today." - Young Adult Books Central

"With unflinching honesty, What Unbreakable Looks Like exposes the injuries and scars we wear on our skins or in our souls. Hidden damage is tragically common, but helpful others who dared embrace hope invite Alexa to step onto the healing path. This novel may offer a springboard for a reader's own healing or foster empathy for life's walking wounded." - Liz Coley, author of international bestseller Pretty Girl-13

"Raw, unflinching, and authentic, Kate McLaughlin's thoughtful What Unbreakable Looks Like carefully crafts a story exposing the vulnerability of underage trafficked girls and what it takes to begin the process of healing from sexual trauma." - Christa Desir, author, advocate, and founding member of The Voices and Faces Project

“This is a powerful book about a sobering topic that I found myself thinking about for days after I completed it. It is wonderfully poignant, painfully real, and even laugh out loud funny at times. Not everyone can truly wrap their minds around the trauma these victims endure and yet somehow, despite all of it, are still just regular kids. But Kate McLaughlin gets it. ‘Lex’ is truly what unbreakable looks like and you’ll fall in love with her spirit.” - Tanya Compagnone, Trooper First Class

“Sex trafficking continues to seep into all our communities. In this novel, Kate McLaughlin brings to life the trauma that transpires in youth who forced into the life of sex trafficking. Her novel is a reminder that each of us can make a difference in someone’s life.” - Dina R. St. George, MSW, Juvenile Re-Entry Unit OCPD

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