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After Finn's stepmother is allegedly murdered by Lilla's father, the two teens must work together to see what is true. And who is guilty.

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ISBN 9781554699896
Barcode 9781554699896
Published 1 July 2012 by INT BOOKS
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By McClintock, Norah
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ISBN-13 9781554699896
ISBN-10 1554699894
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher INT BOOKS
Imprint Orca Book Publishers,Canada
Publication Date 1 July 2012
International Publication Date 1 April 2012
Publication Country Canada Canada
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By McClintock, Norah
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
Personal Family, Relationship & Social Issues
Crime & Mystery
Number of Pages 224
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 180mm
Spine: 13mm
Weight 280g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Brothers and sisters, Family problems, Mystery and detective stories, Murder, Murder - Investigation
NBS Text Young Adult Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 259602

Description of this Book

Finn watches in horror as his stepmother is gunned down in front of his house. His father reacts and kills the gunman. When Finn learns that the killer is the same man who admitted to killing his birth mother years before, he is shocked and wants to know if this is more than a terrible coincidence. At the police station, he meets Lila, daughter of the killer, and they strike up a wary friendship. Both of them are desperate to find the truth. What they discover hints at a much larger conspiracy.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Commended for YALSA Quick Picks 2013 (United States)
NZ Review A thrilling tale of three mysterious murders. Just when you think you have it all figured out--everything changes...Best. Ending. Ever. -- (02/03/2012) [A] searing detective story...The novel gets off to a tense start as 17-year-old Finn watches a strange man approach his father and stepmother in front of their garage...The chapters alternate between Finn and Lila's points of view, a juxtaposition that lends even more depth and energy to an already exciting story. -- (05/01/2012) McClintock has crafted an engrossing thriller that will keep readers turning pages. Full of intrigue from the first page, the story alternates between Finn and Lila's narration...McClintock does a fine job of capturing both teen's emotional responses to events. The quest to discover the truth, rather than character development, is what drives this book, and teens will be drawn into the mystery. The action and shorter length make this an ideal choice for reluctant readers, but it is also a good pick for avid mystery and thriller fans. -- (08/01/2012) McClintock maintains pace and tension throughout this novel and manages to make an incongruous situation entirely believable. --Resource Links (06/01/2012) McClintock's book will be a sure winner because of its short format, intriguing plot, and interesting characters. --Library Media Connection (11/01/2012) Layers of description and Finn and Lila's discoveries, as well as their budding relationship, will keep the readers engaged until the very end...A good read for reluctant and voracious readers alike. The characters are compelling and the plot just twisted enough to hold attention. -- (09/01/2012) Guilty is a perfect example of why Norah McClintock is the queen of Canadian YA crime fiction, having won the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction at least five times...With both Finn and Lila coming at the crimes from different perspectives, converging at a dramatic life-threatening climax, Norah McClintock keeps the story fast-paced and intriguing, hopeful for justice (the coveted aim for most readers of crime fiction) and even peace of mind through resolution. -- (07/10/2012) McClintock is well-known for her many young adult crime novels...Guilty will appeal to both her fans and to new readers as well. The book is fast-paced and exciting...The usual elements of a good mystery are all there, with a number of suspects and potential scenarios. People keep secrets of all kinds, and the final unravelling of the plot surprises both Lila and Finn and will catch readers off guard both in its simplicity and ingenuity....Highly Recommended. -- (03/09/2012)

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Author's Bio

Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.

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