Swallowing Stones

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Swallowing Stones

By Joyce McDonald

Ember, Paperback, 9780307976093, 245pp.

Publication Date: May 8, 2012

It begins with a free and joyful act--but from then on, Michael finds it impossible even to remember what it felt like to be free and joyful.When he fires his new rifle into the air on his seventeenth birthday, he never imagines that the bullet will end up killing someone.But a mile away, a man "is" killed by that bullet as he innocently repairs his roof.And Michael keeps desperately silent while he watches his world crumble.
Meanwhile Jenna, the dead man's daughter, copes with desperation of her own.Through her grief, she tries to understand why she no longer feels comfortable with her boyfriend and why a near stranger named Michael keeps appearing in her dreams.
Suspenseful and powerfully moving, this is the unforgettable story of an accidental crime and its haunting web of repercussions.

About the Author
Joyce McDonald is the author of many outstanding novels for teens, including "Swallowing Stones," an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, and "Shades of Simon Gray," an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a nominee for the Edgar Allan Poe Award. She lives in Blairstown, NJ.

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