What We Saw At Night
By Jacquelyn Mitchard
(Soho Teen, Hardcover, 9781616951412)
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
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Allie Kim suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum: a fatal allergy to sunlight that confines her and her two best friends, Rob and Juliet, to the night. When freewheeling Juliet takes up Parkour—the stunt-sport of scaling and leaping off tall buildings—Allie and Rob have no choice but to join her, if only to protect her. Though potentially deadly, Parkour after dark makes Allie feel truly alive, and for the first time equal to the “daytimers.”
On a random summer night, the trio catches a glimpse of what appears to be murder. Allie alone takes it upon herself to investigate, and the truth comes at an unthinkable price. Navigating the shadowy world of specialized XP care, extreme sports, and forbidden love, Allie ultimately uncovers a secret that upends everything she believes about the people she trusts the most.
Jacquelyn Mitchard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean, the very first Oprah Book Club pick, as well as more than twenty other critically acclaimed books for adults and teens. A nominee for several national and international awards, she served on the 2004 Fiction Jury for the National Book Award. In addition, she is a longtime journalist and regular contributor to Real Simple and Parade magazines.
Spring 2013 Kids’ Indie Next Pick
“Allie’s...voice [is] honest and real...fascinating looks at both Parkour and a disease so unconventional that it turns the lives of patients and families upside down.”
—Booklist, High Demand Review
“Dangerously addictive, breathtakingly beautiful, terminally awesome.”
—Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of Shine
“A thrilling ride through the darkness... Dark, suspenseful and quietly beautiful.”
—Melissa Walker, author of Small Town Sinners
—Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of Criminal
“What We Saw at Night is an engaging blend of real-world drama involving a life-and-death illness and a whodunit thriller. Imagine John Green's recent The Fault in Our Stars in a mashup with a Nancy Drew mystery. Plus some roof jumping and wall scaling.”
"The fast pace is set from the beginning with Juliet’s dazzling jump across the buildings... recommended for readers who enjoy a unique twist on realistic fiction."
"Atmospheric, melancholy... breathtaking."
“This latest from Mitchard is quickly paced and intricately plotted, with flares of humor cobbled into the dialogue…. The suspense will keep [readers] engrossed.”
“An interesting page-turner…the cliff-hanger ending will have most readers waiting for the next installment.”
—School Library Journal
“Allie seizes control of her life, complete with the risks it contains... although the pace of the book accelerates and dangers press close—whatever’s ahead, Allie can face it.”
—Beth Kanell, Kingdom Books Bookstore
“WHAT WE SAW AT NIGHT is a well-crafted, well-paced crime thriller about friendship, disability, first love and the choices we make about how to spend our short time on this earth.”
“What We Saw At Night is a very unique book in many ways. I loved the writing, the mystery, the suspense, and the characters. There is nothing formulaic about it at all, which was also refreshing.”
—One Day YA
Praise for Jacquelyn Mitchard
“Will make you thankful...will make you think...will make you feel.”—Oprah Winfrey
“Keeps you reading to the last page”—Jodi Picoult
“Dangerous and Powerful”—Booklist
“[Mitchard] writes with grace and authority”—Publishers Weekly
Praise for The Deep End of the Ocean
"[A] wrenching first novel, flies in the face of everything movies and your better class of talk shows say about bad things that happen to good people . . . wonderfully written."─The New York Times Book Review
Praise for All We Know of Heaven:
"Riveting, compassionate and psychologically nuanced . . . utterly gripping."─Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Praise for Now You See Her:
"Chick lit for the teen set that rewards the reader."─USA Today
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