Hothouse

By Chris Lynch
(Harper Teen, Hardcover, 9780061673795, 198pp.)

Publication Date: August 2010

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If you do it right, it can be a life. The hothouse, the guys, the glory. But just like that, it can all go up in smoke.

In the beginning it was strange, ya know, because of all that we had lost. But there was something about it that felt so good and so right, too: "I'm so proud of you, Russ." "We'll always be here for you, man." "Heroes don't pay for nothin' in this town." It was nonstop. The mayor shook my hand. Ladies sent food. I've never eaten so much baked ham in my life.

And now? Now the phone won't stop ringing from the crazies ready to blame me. My mom has to cry herself to sleep. They take a firefighter, a man, and they pump him up so big. . . . But once they start taking it away from you, they don't stop until they leave nothing on the bones.

First they needed heroes, then they needed blood.




About the Author
Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including Printz Honor Book "Freewill", "Iceman", "Gypsy Davy", and "Shadow Boxer"--all ALA Best Books for Young Adults--as well as "Killing Time in Crystal City", "Little Blue Lies", "Pieces", "Kill Switch", "Angry Young Man", and "Inexcusable", which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He holds an MA from the writing program at Emerson College. He teaches in the Creative Writing MFA program at Lesley University. He lives in Boston and in Scotland.
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