Going Underground

Going Underground

By Susan Vaught

Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books, Hardcover, 9781599906409, 336pp.

Publication Date: September 13, 2011


Del is a good kid who's been caught in horrible circumstances. At seventeen, he's trying to put his life together after an incident in his past that made him a social outcast-and a felon. As a result, he can't get into college; the only job he can find is digging graves; and when he finally meets a girl he might fall in love with, there's a sea of complications that threatens to bring the world crashing down around him again. But what has Del done? In flashbacks to Del's fourteenth year, we slowly learn the truth: his girlfriend texted him a revealing photo of herself, a teacher confiscated his phone, and soon the police were involved.

Basing her story on real-life cases of teens in trouble with the law for texting explicit photos, Susan Vaught has created a moving portrait of an immensely likable character caught in a highly controversial legal scenario.

About the Author
Susan Vaught is the author of "Footer Davis Probably is Crazy, " which was an Edgar Award nominee and a Junior Library Guild Selection. "The Horn Book "called it compelling, offbeat, and fearless. Her many books for teens include "Trigger", which received three starred reviews and was an ALA Best Books for Young Adults; "Insanity"; "My Big Fat Manifesto"; and "Freaks Like Us". She works as a neuropsychologist at a state psychiatric facility, specializing in helping people with severe and persistent mental illness, intellectual disability, and traumatic brain injury. She lives on a farm with her wife and son in rural western Kentucky.