By Audrey Couloumbis
In Couloumbis’ suspenseful work, Casey, 12, comes home from school to her New York City apartment and finds that her stepmother, Sylvia, is gone and Casey is alone. She goes to school as usual, comes home as usual, telling no one. But the superintendent’s foster son, Paulie, witnessed Sylvia’s departure and recruits Casey as a partner in crime.
“A story of family and forgiveness and the finding of both.” – starred review, BCCB
“Couloumbis invents realistically complex characters. . . and a world in which right ultimately defeats wrong.” – Starred review, Publishers Weekly
“. . . builds almost unbearable tension. . .” – School Library Journal.
“. . .in perfectly cast characterization. . . tellingly communicates Casey’s growing fear and Paulie’s underlying fragility and leaves thoughtful readers plenty to chew over with this convincing portrait of young people learning how to make choices. . .” – Kirkus Reviews.
“. . . powerful and engrossing.” – Voya.
“. . . goes right to the heart. . .” -Booklist.
“Affecting, convincing, and masterfully told. . .” – Kliatt.
“Short chapters suit the apprehensive mood of first-person present tense narrative, and Couloumbis grabs the reader’s attention by quickly sketching in character and situation throughout. Skillfully crafted dialogue adds depth and humor to both story and characters. The hopeful conclusion will please readers who have come to know and like the young protagonists through this gripping tension-filled story.” – Horn Book.
IRA Children’s Book Award Honor Book Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book. YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
Foreign language editions:
(Carl Ueberreuter Verlag Ex. frnLang- German hardcover & paperback)