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Blood can both wound and heal . . . Willa is lucky: She has a loving blended family that gets along. Not all families are so fortunate. But when a bloody crime takes place hundreds of miles away, it...
Blood can both wound and heal . . . Willa is lucky: She has a loving blended family that gets along. Not all families are so fortunate. But when a bloody crime takes place hundreds of miles away, it...
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  • Blood can both wound and heal . . . Willa is lucky: She has a loving blended family that gets along. Not all families are so fortunate. But when a bloody crime takes place hundreds of miles away, it has an explosive effect on Willa's peaceful life. The estranged father she hardly remembers has murdered his new wife and children, and is headed east toward Willa and her mother. Under police protection, Willa discovers that her mother has harbored secrets that are threatening to boil over. Has everything Willa believed about herself been a lie? But as Willa sets out to untangle the mysteries of her past, she also keeps her own secret—one that has the potential to tear apart all she holds dear.

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  • Susan Beth Pfeffer is the author of many books for teens, including the New York Times bestseller Life As We Knew It, which was nominated for more than 20 state awards, The Dead & the Gone, and This World We Live In. Pfeffer's other books include the bestselling novel The Year Without Michael and the popular Portraits of Little Women series and Kid Power, which won the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the Sequoyah Book Award.

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    Starred review from July 11, 2011
    Pfeffer (the Last Survivors trilogy) explores how the smooth surface of 16-year-old Willa's home life with her mother, stepfather, and two stepsisters begins to crack when a crisis puts their lives in danger. Willa hasn't heard from her biological father, Dwayne, in more than a decade, but now his name and face are all over the news. It's suspected that he's murdered his new wife and daughters, and the police believe that Willa and her mother might be next. Willa's family flees, but even after it's safe to come out of hiding, Willa is not ready to return home. Shaken by fear and shame, she feels an urgent need to pay tribute to the slaughtered sisters she never met. She travels to the Texas town where she was born, and unsettling memories come to the surface, causing her to re-evaluate her present, comfortable life and question what the future holds. This intense psychological drama, showing the brightest and darkest sides of humanity, offers remarkable acts of courage and disturbing images of domestic violence. Willa's frankly portrayed grief, confusion, and uncertainties will have a strong impact on readers. Ages 14–up.

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