The Guardian

By Joyce Sweeney
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805080193, 192pp.)

Publication Date: March 31, 2009

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Hunter has never had anyone to look out for him. His mother gave him away when he was young, he’s never known his father, and his foster mother leaves a lot to be desired in the mothering department. So when a mysterious, benevolent force suddenly starts coming to his aid, Hunter doesn’t know what to believe. Could he really have a guardian angel? Hunter so badly wants someone to care that he’s willing to take a leap of faith, and more. But when he finally learns the truth about his angel, he’ll have to decide whether it’s the best thing that ever happened to him or the worst.

This masterful pairing of suspenseful, fast-paced storytelling with genuine compassion and heart is Joyce Sweeney at her best.

About the Author

JOYCE SWEENEY is the author of more than a dozen novels for young adults, including the highly praised Headlock. She lives in Coral Springs, Florida,with her husband, Jay, and her cat, Phantom.

Praise For The Guardian

Praise for THE GUARDIAN:

“Sweeney has convincingly channeled Hunter’s teenage angst, and readers will want to see his story, with its many twists and turns, through to the end.”—The Horn Book

“Hunter is a sympathetic hero, and his honest narration and the plentiful action will pull readers through to the end.”—Publishers Weekly

“Suspenseful and unexpectedly tender, this short, action-packed thriller will be an easy sell to reluctant readers.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Sweeney’s latest is, like many of her previous, a notable choice for reluctant readers.”—Booklist

“Well-paced, and with a satisfying conclusion, this book will appeal to reluctant readers and fans of contemporary realistic fiction.”—School Library Journal

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