What would you do if you couldn't go outside when it was light out? No, you're not a vampire, you're an ordinary teenager who was born with a rare genetic disorder that makes you essentially allergic to the sun. Now let's say you and your friends were out one night and saw something you shouldn't have . . . and the bad guy knows you were a witness.
Allie Kim isn't exactly sure what she saw, but she knows it wasn't good, and she's starting to get paranoid. Here she is talking to her best friend, who was one of the witnesses.
"I want to talk to your dad [a policeman]. We could call in a sketch artist. Someone could draw her, from what I saw."—What We Saw at Night by Jacquelyn Mitchard (Soho Press / Soho Teen, 2013, p. 72; uncorrected proof)
"But my dad was actually in [the apartment], Allie. He didn't see anything."
I stared at her, pleading with my eyes, my belly filled with rage, my heart breaking. "You don't believe me. You really don't."
She shook her head. At the time, I was certain she truly doubted me. But she didn't doubt me at all.
- Setting: Iron Harbor, Minnesota, and surrounding area
- Circumstances: three teens with xeroderma pigmentosum witness something strange through the windows of a penthouse
- Characters: Allie, Rob, and Juliet; their parents and siblings; doctors & nurses at the clinic; the bad man with the blond streak in his hair
- Genre: mystery, thriller, adventure
- Interesting extra: the teens are learning parkour, an extreme sport made more extreme by their nighttime participation
- Miscellaneous: the initial publication of a new imprint from Soho Press; Jacquelyn Mitchard also wrote The Deep End of the Ocean (a book I loved)
Thanks to Soho Teen, I am pleased to be able to offer one of my readers a copy of Jacquelyn Mitchard's new novel, What We Saw at Night. Here's how to enter for a chance to win: Just fill out the following form, and I will pick a winner, using a random number generator, on January 25. Because the publishing company will be mailing out the book, the giveaway is limited to readers with a U.S./Canada mailing address. I'll delete the data in this form once a winner has been selected and confirmed. Good luck.
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Published by Soho Press / Soho Teen, 2013
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