Kill Switch

By Chris Lynch
(Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781416927020, 176pp.)

Publication Date: April 17, 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback

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Description

Some things are best left forgotten. A gripping account of espionage and loyalty from National Book Award Finalist Chris Lynch.

All Daniel wants to do is spend one last summer with his grandfather before he moves away for college and his grandfather’s dementia pulls them apart. But when his dear old Da starts to let things slip about the job he used to hold—people he’s killed, countries he’s overthrown—old work “friends” show up to make sure he stays quiet. Was his grandfather really involved in a world of assassinations and coups, or are the stories just delusions of a crumbling mind? On the run from the police (and possibly something worse) before he has time to find out, Daniel may have to sacrifice everything to protect his grandfather from those who would do him harm.




About the Author

Chris Lynch is the Printz Honor Award-winning author of several highly acclaimed young adult novels, including Pieces, Kill Switch, Angry Young Man, and Inexcusable, which was a National Book Award finalist and the recipient of six starred reviews. He is also the author of the Printz Honor Book Freewill, Gold Dust, Iceman, Gypsy Davy, and Shadow Boxer—all ALA Best Books for Young Adults—as well as Extreme Elvin, Whitechurch, and All the Old Haunts. 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.




Praise For Kill Switch

* "Lynch’s writing, parched with desert-dry humor, is so fine that a breakfast table conversation is just as gripping as the paranoia-laced scenes of the trio evading a shadowy doom. A compact, frayed-nerves bundle of brilliance.--Booklist, starred review

"A great premise, developed with brilliant prose...characters are sympathetically and vividly evoked, and the brief novel is a model of good writing."--The Horn Book

"A psychological exploration that leaves readers with just as many interesting questions as answers."--School Library Journal

"Lynch’s masterly balance of life-or-death road trip and tender grandfather/grandson relationship makes this an unusual, first-rate thriller."--BCCB

"Lynch’s masterly balance of life-or-death road trip and tender grandfather/grandson relationship makes this an unusual, first-rate thriller."--BCCB

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