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The Accident Season

by Mo飏a Fowley-Doyle

Published by U.S. edition: Kathy Dawson Books / Penguin, 2015
291 pages
ISBN: 978𢠧25429487

Age 13 and older

Every October, teenage Cara抯 family struggles through the month they抳e come to call 搕he accident season. Sometimes the accidents are small梐 cut, a sprain. Sometimes they are more serious梐 broken bone. And sometimes, they抳e been deadly. Cara, her older sister, Alice, and ex-stepbrother Sam, are always mindful. But they won抰 give up their lives for a month. Their anxious mother, meanwhile, would encase them in bubble wrap if she could. This particular October, Cara is not only aware that it抯 the accident season, she抯 trying to find a classmate named Elsie, a quiet girl no one seems to remember. Cara is also finding it harder and harder to ignore her attraction to Sam. A novel that blends reality with elements of the supernatural is, above all, a psychological thriller as secrets and uncertain memories come into the light, and monsters of the real world are gradually revealed. Truths about love and abuse and power and control and love again unfold in beautiful language, through the interactions of incredibly real, complex characters in a novel that is vivid, compelling, and compassionate.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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