By Pete Hautman
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781416913276, 176pp.)
Publication Date: November 16, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Shayne Blank is the new kid in town--but that doesn't stop him from getting into a lot of trouble very quickly. The other kids don't understand him. He's not afraid of anything. He seems too smart. And his background doesn't add up. But when he walks into the police department to confess to a murder, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems. There's more to Shayne--and his story--than meets the eye. As the details begin to fill in, the only thing that becomes clear is that nothing about Shayne's story is clear at all.
Blank Confession is a compelling mystery that will keep readers turning pages, from National Book Award-winning author Pete Hautman.
Pete Hautman is the author of Godless, which won the National Book Award, and many other critically acclaimed books for teens and adults, including Blank Confession, All-In, Rash, No Limit, Invisible, and Mr. Was, which was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Pete lives in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Visit him at PeteHautman.com.
* "Masterfully written with simple prose, solid dialogue and memorable characters, the tale will grip readers from the start and keep them reading in one big gulp, in the hope of seeing behind Shayne’s mask. A sure hit with teen readers."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Hautman's skillful pacing, funny dialogue, and fully realized characters make this a taut mystery that's nearly impossible to put down."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Blank Confession’s deft and timely exploration of bullying will find an eager audience among teens searching for gripping, realistic fiction. Steer readers who appreciated Michael Harmon’s Brutal (Knopf, 2009) and Courtney Summers’s Some Girls Are (St. Martin’s, 2010) to this novel."--School Library Journal
"With lightning-fast pacing, plenty of dialogue, and a modest page count, this will be an easy sell to teens on the prowl for a quick-pick thriller. "--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
" [A] character-driven thriller."--The Horn Book