Shadow’s life changed forever when his brother Daniel ran away. What will happen now that Daniel is home again?
For fifteen-year-old Shadow Thompson, life ended seven years ago—the night his older brother Daniel ran away from home. That’s when Shadow stopped depending on other people and turned inward, relying only on himself. But now Daniel is back and he stands accused of murder.
Shadow’s anger at his brother, his parents’ struggle to cope with the sudden return of their son, and Daniel’s own feelings of guilt create an emotional undertow that threatens to consume the family. But as Shadow begins to open up to new friends, he slowly learns to trust and finally, to forgive. Now the Thompsons may get a second chance at being a family.
Award-winning author S. L. Rottman once again crafts a powerful story that depicts the complexity of human relationships within the framework of a troubled adolescent’s struggle to make sense of the people and the world around him.
“Thoughtful and forgiving of the large and small weaknesses of parents and children.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Particularly notable is Rottman’s insightful depiction of family dynamics, which demonstrates the range of responses to crisis. The conclusion, though open-ended, seems hopeful, providing a stepping stone to exploring issues of family loyalty, responsibility, and the legal system.… A thought-provoking novel that highlights the difficulties and rewards of second chances and new beginnings.” ―Booklist
“Rottman has a history of creating male characters that are dead-on, and Shadow is no exception. His struggle to be recognized as a unique person is something every teenager goes through, and the added stress of his brother’s return exacerbates the situation. The unusual plot gives the book its strength and appeal, and the realistic ending adds to its credibility and message.” ―School Library Journal
“The book offers a convincing portrayal of a boy coming of age through traumas not of his own making, and it underscores the power of a family to forgive.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“This is a powerhouse of a novel. Not one word is wasted. Characters are varied, believeable, and their behavior can evoke emotional responses.. The premise is solid and the murder twist is handled with realistic circumstances… Highly recommended.” ―Library Media Connection
AR Level: 3.9
F&P: Z, Gr 7 & up, Genre RF
Themes: Debate, Family, Forgiveness, Trust
BISAC 1: YAF058210 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Runaways
BISAC 2: YAF018000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / General
BISAC 3: YAF011000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age