The Rules of Survival
By Nancy Werlin
(Dial, Hardcover, 9780803730014, 272pp.)
Publication Date: September 7, 2006
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This National Book Award Finalist is a thought-provoking exploration of emotional abuse, self-reliance and the nature of evil. A heart-wrenching portrait of family crisis, this is perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.
For Matt and his sisters, life with their cruel, physically abusive mother is a day-to-day struggle for survival. But then Matt witnesses a man named Murdoch coming to a child’s rescue in a convenience store; and for the first time, he feels a glimmer of hope. Then, amazingly, Murdoch begins dating Matt’s mother. Life is suddenly almost good. But the relief lasts only a short time. When Murdoch inevitable breaks up with their mother, Matt knows that he’ll need to take some action. Can he call upon Murdoch to be his hero? Or will Matt have to take measures into his own hands?
A gripping, powerful novel that will stay with you long after you’ve read it. Nancy Werlin, the New York Times Bestselling author of Impossible, shows why she is a master of her genre.
[A] dark but hopeful tale, with pacing and suspense guaranteed to leave readers breathlessly turning the pages.”Booklist (starred review)
Beautifully framed as a letter from Matthew to his younger sister, the suspense is paced to keep Matthew’s survival and personal revelations chock-full of dramatic tension. Bring tissues.”Kirkus (starred review)
Grace and insight.”School Library Journal (starred review)
National Book Award Finalist
LA Times Book Prize Finalist
ALA Best Books of the Year
ALA Quick Pick
Nancy Werlin was born and raised in Peabody, Massachusetts, USA and now lives near Boston. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Yale.
Since then, she has worked as a technical writer and editor for several computer software and Internet companies, while also writing fiction. She is a National Book Award finalist.
“Guaranteed to leave readers breathlessly turning the pages.”—Booklist, starred review
“Werlin tackles [this topic] with grace and insight.”—School Library Journal, starred review
“A heartbreaking tale of abuse and love . . . . Beautifully framed.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“The plot moves swiftly and unrelentlessly….”—VOYA highlight