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Detroit Lakes Public Library Y POW (Text) 33500013293394 New Available -
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  • ISBN: 9780525645627
  • ISBN: 0525645624
  • ISBN: 9780525645634
  • ISBN: 0525645632
  • Physical Description: 342 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2020]

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Summary, etc.:
"Margot doesn't know anything about her family, beyond her quiet life with her mother. But she wants more and when she finds a clue that leads her to a town called Phalene, she leaves to investigate. Only Phalene and her family history are full of secrets, some that may prove more dangerous and deadly than Margot ever could have bargained for"-- Provided by publisher.
Ever since Margot was born, it's been just her and her mother. No history to hold on to, no relative to speak of. Margot wants family, she wants a past. She finds a photograph pointing her to a town called Phalene. When Margot gets there, it is not what she bargained for. Did her mother leave to hide her own past--or to protect Margot from what's still there? There is poison in their family tree--and now that Margot is in Phalene, she might never escape. -- adapted from jacket
Target Audience Note:
Ages 14& Up. Delacorte Press.
Grades 10-12. Delacorte Press.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 May #1
    *Starred Review* Margot Nielsen has grown up with no family but her mother, and that has not made for an easy childhood. Margot has had to learn to navigate her mother's strange quirks (Keep a fire burning; a fire is what saves you) and quicksilver temper changes, and she understands the signs of a good day and a bad one. She knows nothing at all about her mother's past. When a chance discovery leads her to a town called Phalene and a grandmother she never knew existed, Margot seizes the opportunity, returning to her mother's hometown just as a fire—not, the locals say, the first—tears across her grandmother's land. As she tries to get to know Gram, who is as much an enigma as Margot's mother, Margot's confusion and suspicions about her family history grow. There's something strange and troubled about Nielsen women—they hide things from the world and from each other—and Margot is determined to uncover the darkest of family secrets, no matter the cost. Power follows her hit debut Wilder Girls (2019) with a thriller that digs into generational wounds. A late sf twist folds seamlessly into the character-driven story, and Margot's narration, laced with the anxieties she learned during childhood, is a raw nerve. Gritty and strange, this sophomore novel is utterly compelling. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Rory Power grew up in Boston, received her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College, and went on to earn an MA in prose fiction from the University of East Anglia. She lives in Massachusetts. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls and Burn Our Bodies Down. To learn more about Rory, go to and follow @itsrorypower on Twitter and Instagram.

Subject: Mothers and daughters > Juvenile fiction.
Family secrets > Juvenile fiction.
City and town life > Juvenile fiction.
Family secrets > Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Mothers and daughters > Fiction.
Secrets > Fiction.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship.
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories.
City and town life.
Family secrets.
Mothers and daughters.
Young adult fiction.
Genre: Young adult fiction.
Horror fiction.
Juvenile works.
Psychological fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Horror fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Young adult fiction.
Horror fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)

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