After (Paperback)

By Amy Efaw

Speak, 9780142415900, 350pp.

Publication Date: December 2, 2010

Autumn 2009 Kids' Indie Next List

“Devon, a competitive athlete and top-scoring student, finds herself imprisoned for attempting to murder her newborn child. Piece by piece, she revisits the events leading up to what felt like an impossible crime to avoid. Amy Efaw's story makes for compelling material for difficult discussions about moral accountability.”
— Kellie Brownell, A Whale of a Tale, Irvine, CA
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Who could do such a thing? Certainly not someone like Devon DavenportNa straight-A student-athlete with everything going for her. But in a moment of denial, desperation, and sheer panic, she did something that most people couldnOt even imagine. And now Devon is being charged with attempted murder. In a skillfully crafted story, Amy Efaw takes readers through the days leading up toNand afterNDevonOs crime, painting an unexpected picture of a truly empathetic character caught up in an unimaginable situation.

About the Author

Amy Efaw ( is a former Army officer and freelance journalist. She lives with her family in Denver, Colorado. This is her second novel.

Praise For After

-Efaw captures Devon+s mortification, denial, and despair, shifting fluidly between her present experiences in a juvenile jail and the terrifying night a baby inexplicably arrived.+ -Kirkus Reviews