Nothing To Lose (Paperback)
|Author: Alex Flinn|
|Having found freedom and happiness as a member of a traveling fair, seventeen-year-old Michael Dayes past comes calling when his mother goes on trial for killing his brutal step-father and he now must decide whether or not to leave his contented world in order to help his mother in her time of need. Reprint. *Author: Flinn, Alex *Publication Date: 2005/04/01 *Number of Pages: 277 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.75 *Width: 4.75 *Height: 7.00|
From the Publisher:
I shouldn't have come back to Miami ... I've been escaping cops' notice for a year now. I'm no longer Michael Daye, high school athlete with a promising future. Now I look like someone with no future."
When Michael saw a chance to leave town with atraveling carnival a year ago, he took it. Back then, his home life was spinning violently out of control. The carnival, with its "no questions asked" policy,seemed like a welcome escape. But now Michael's job has brought him back to Miami, where his mother is on trial for murder, making him wonder how much longer he can hide from his past ... and his future.
A year ago, Michael Daye escaped his violent home life by joining a traveling fair. Now his mother is on trial for murdering his brutal stepfather and only Michael knows the truth that can save her. But if he reveals the truth about his past, will he give up his newfound freedom forever? A fresh, unflinching look at domestic violence from the acclaimed author of Breathing Underwater.
o Alex Flinn's first novel, Breathing Underwater, received rave reviews and numerous honors, including a Publishers Weekly Flying Start. In a starred review, Kirkus called Nothing to Lose "arresting," and said, "As she did in Breathing Underwater, Flinn does a masterful job of exploring domestic violence."
o During her career as a lawyer, Flinn dealt with domestic abuse. She brings an objective yet insider view to this topic, and has gained a reputation as an author who can write gripping, honest fiction.
o This powerful, character–driven novel will appeal to adults and teens across the board who simply enjoy fine fiction.
Seventeen-year-old Michael narrates this tale, which tells of how his mother, a victim of domestic abuse, is being tried for killing her husband.
"The complex, well-drawn characters of Michael and his mother convey the psychological effects of abuse with insight and compassion...As she did in BREATHING UNDERWATER, Flinn does a masterful job of exploring domestic violence, conveying that it's prevalent among all economic classes and destructive wherever it takes hold." 02/15/2004 Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This is an absorbing read as well as a thoughtful exploration of issues of responsibility, maturity, and independence, and readers will appreciate seeing a tough topic taken beyond melodrama." - Deborah Stevenson March 2004