The November selection is a book that won the 2012 Michael L. Printz Award, given to “a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature” and the 2012 William C. Morris YA Award for an outstanding debut.
In the remarkable,
bizarre, and heart-wrenching summer before Cullen Witter’s senior year
of high school, he is forced to examine everything he thinks he
understands about his small and painfully dull Arkansas town. His cousin
overdoses; his town becomes absurdly obsessed with the alleged
reappearance of an extinct woodpecker; and most troubling of all, his
sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother, Gabriel, suddenly and
inexplicably disappears. Meanwhile, the crisis of faith
spawned by a young missionary’s disillusion in Africa prompts a frantic
search for meaning that has far-reaching consequences. As distant as the
two stories initially seem, they are woven together through masterful
plotting and merge in a surprising and harrowing climax.
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