Imprint:Margaret Ferguson Books
Audience:Children: Age (years) 9 - 12, Grade (US) 4 - 7
Dimensions:8.22in x 5.48 x 0.67 in | 0.52 lb
Page Count:256 pages
THRILLER: Full of twists, turns, a scary villain, and surprising revelations about what’s real and what’s not.
COMING-OF-AGE-STORY: Features a 12-year-old boy discovering friendship and independence.
UNEXPECTED FRIENDSHIPS: A character who starts as a bully becomes a best friend over time.
OVER-PROTECTIVE-PARENT: 12-year-olds everywhere can relate to the tension of growing up under the pressure of protective parents.
“Featuring effective worldbuilding, this is a great, suspenseful tale of terror for upper middle graders.”—School Library Journal
“a rapidly moving story with an interesting emotional arc.”—Publishers Weekly
“Tension drives the gripping tale to a pulse-pounding conclusion.” —The Horn Book
“Lawrence…offers a menacing, contemporary tale of dread, danger, and revenge. Portraying family dynamics and middle-school antics with equal insight and attention to detail, Igor’s first-person narrative is absorbing.” —Booklist
“Readers seeking a (relatively safe) thriller will likely find this fills the bill, with an added bonus of a memorably complex but relatable narrator.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Friendship difficulties provide a contrast and an anchor to the terrifying threat, and the various plot elements are deftly tied together in a fitting twist that will have readers quickly turning the pages…. Filled with suspense and intrigue.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Lawrence is a gifted storyteller and this book presents a good story with some twists and turns…The heart of the story is about finding a place to feel safe and overcoming past trauma and those are certainly good messages.” —School Library Connection
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