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Dead Girl Moon

Dead Girl Moon

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As their hardscrabble lives intertwine in a small, corrupt Montana town, Grace, a scheming runaway, JJ, her drifty fostercare sister, and Mick, the son of a petty thief, discover the body of a young woman. Afraid to come forward, the teens try to hide their knowledge of the crime, because they believe the murderer is one of the corrupt officials and businessmen who rule their town. But after a series of false moves and dumb mistakes, the teens are soon suspects themselves in a murder investigation threatening their freedom—and maybe their lives.
As their hardscrabble lives intertwine in a small, corrupt Montana town, Grace, a scheming runaway, JJ, her drifty fostercare sister, and Mick, the son of a petty thief, discover the body of a young woman. Afraid to come forward, the teens try to hide their knowledge of the crime, because they believe the murderer is one of the corrupt officials and businessmen who rule their town. But after a series of false moves and dumb mistakes, the teens are soon suspects themselves in a murder investigation threatening their freedom—and maybe their lives.

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Publish date: Oct 30, 2012
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Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers175 Fifth Avenue, New York 10010Copyright © 2012 by Charlie PriceAll rights reservedPrinted in the United States of AmericaDesigned by Jay ColvinFirst edition, 20121 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2macteenbooks.comLibrary of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataPrice, Charlie.Dead Girl Moon / Charlie Price. — 1st ed.p. cm.Summary: Grace, a scheming runaway, JJ, her fostercare sister, andMick, the son of a petty thief, become entangled in the investigationof a teen prostitute’s murder in a small, corrupt Montana town.ISBN 978-0-374-31752-2 (hardcover)ISBN 978-0-374-31753-9 (ebook)[1. Murder—Fiction. 2. Runaways—Fiction. 3. Foster homecare—Fiction. 4. Political corruption—Fiction. 5. Montana—Fiction. 6. Mystery and detective stories.] I. Title.PZ7.P92477Deg 2012[Fic]—dc232012004992
 
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At three in the morning,
when everyone else is asleep, you canhear your brother’s lungs expanding. You can smell the rum andcola on his breath. I your eyes are used to the dark, it’s sur-prising how well you can see. The crinkles in his ear. Sideburns,acne lumps on his cheeks. The edge o his hairline where you’regoing to plant the hammer. How hard will you have to swing it tobreak through and still pull it out again?Grace lowered it to her side and let it move back and orth toget a sense o its momentum, raised it shoulder high and rotatedher wrist in a short arc to gauge its het. Calculated. A medium-hard swing and the weight o the tool should mash through thebone into the goo. He was passed out on his avorites: booze andOxy. He wouldn’t wake. Wouldn’t make a sound.The second brother would be harder to kill. She’d probablyhave to get him in the bathroom. Beore too long he would comehome stoned and go in to pee beore he went to bed. So Gracewould hide behind the door. Smash him in the back o the head,low, base o the skull. Even i he lived, he’d be a zucchini.And then? No more gang rapes in the Canby house. No more

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publishers2weekly reviewed this
The embattled lives of three teenagers entangle with the murder of a teenage prostitute in a depressed Montana town, in a mystery that draws in power and class struggles, drugs, sex, and economic and personal helplessness. Grace is a 16-year-old runaway, fleeing sexual abuse at home; upon arriving in Portage, she is set up with a waitressing job and a foster home, living in a trailer with a pothead, his alcoholic wife, their out-of-control son, and their orphaned 14-year-old niece, JJ. Also new to town is 16-year-old Mick, who's grown up on the run with his father, a petty thief. After Grace, Mick, and JJ find a body in a river, they quickly attract attention from powerful and dangerous people in town. Writing with visceral, unsentimental realism, Price (Desert Angel) follows the trio's attempts to uncover the murder and figure out their lives. This isn't about Scooby Doo-style hijinks, though: the teens' miscommunications, naivete, ulterior motives, and bad decisions have serious consequences, and Price leaves their futures uncertain at best. Ages 13-up. Agent: Tracey Adams, Adams Literary. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

2012-09-24, Publishers Weekly
kmartin802_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is a hard one to talk about. I didn't really like one of the main characters. Grace was abused by her older brothers, ignored by her mother when she told her about it, and has run away from home. She finally runs out of money when she gets to Portage, Montana. In Portage she runs into an "old boy" network that finds her a place to live with a drugged out marijuana salesman, his alcoholic wife and son with fetal alcohol syndrome. They also find her a job working in the cafe and cleaning the motel. Soon she is involved in finding out local secrets and scamming the people the "old boys" set her on. Also living there is JJ who is the niece of the wife and who is reacting to her living situation by concentrating on school athletics and creating fantasies about the moon. Living next door is Mick whose father is a petty thief on the run after the last town got too hot for him. This isn't the first time this has happened to Mick and his dad either. All Mick really wants is a home, a family, and a place where he can stay and be a normal kid. These three misfits hang out together and band together against the school bullies. There is some tension withing the threesome as JJ is interested in Mick who is interested in Grace and Grace is only interested in making enough money to move on and be independent. These three are swimming one day when they stumble on the body of a young woman. At first they decide to pretend it never happened as none of their home lives could bear the scrutiny of a police investigation. But Mick calls 911 from a payphone and trouble follows.Watching each of the three as they deal with the consequences of their discovery and as they learn about themselves was interesting. I liked seeing JJ come into her own and show that she wasn't the dreamy character she seemed like at the beginning. I like how Mick realized that he could go alone and didn't have to keep following after her law-breaking father.What I didn't like was how Grace really didn't change. She was still looking for a way to scam the system at the end of the story as she had in the beginning. The only real change was that she had more tools for the scamming as the result of her experiences in Portage. She was still willing to betray or double-cross anyone if it looked like it would benefit her.This was an interesting mystery though the "whodunnit" wasn't as important as the maneuvering and various conspiracies that were uncovered about the town. Fans of realistic fiction who like stories about kids in tough situations will enjoy this one.
bookswithbite reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Wanting a good mystery, I decided to dive into this book. it gave me the thrills and chills that I needed.The books starts off with kids who are "not important." Their runaways, troublemakers, banding together to finally have the friendship and family that they need. While doing so, they find a dead body, who some how connects to everyone. Once your in the book, the books move swiftly into action mode where you are on the run for your lives. if you like small town mysteries where their is corruption, you need to read this book.I really like how all of them stepped in to protect each other. They thought about things smartly and even sacrifice what they had to help others. All the characters of the book were not what you expect them to be. They turns out to be smarter and tougher than anyone would have expected. I like that they grew before the readers eyes, along with each other. The form friendships and bonds that i know change them whole-heartily.There wasn't much of a love interest, but lots of great friendships. You do see some romance forming, but with their past, it hard to trust or even take it farther then what they want. Dead Girl Moon is an awesome thriller! Laced with action that is enjoyable, the story sets an excellent pace with readers. The drama of teens fighting to survive, paints a nice picture. Dead Girl Moon is great.
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