for The Accident Season
by Moira Fowley-Doyle
Every October, teenage Cara’s family struggles through the month they’ve come to call “the accident season.” Sometimes the accidents are small—a cut, a sprain. Sometimes they are more serious—a broken bone. And sometimes, they’ve been deadly. Cara, her older sister, Alice, and ex-stepbrother Sam, are always mindful. But they won’t give up their lives for a month. Their anxious mother, meanwhile, would encase them in bubble wrap if she could. This particular October, Cara is not only aware that it’s the accident season, she’s trying to find a classmate named Elsie, a quiet girl no one seems to remember. Cara is also finding it harder and harder to ignore her attraction to Sam. A novel that blends reality with elements of the supernatural is, above all, a psychological thriller as secrets and uncertain memories come into the light, and monsters of the real world are gradually revealed. Truths about love and abuse and power and control and love again unfold in beautiful language, through the interactions of incredibly real, complex characters in a novel that is vivid, compelling, and compassionate. (Age 13 and older)
CCBC Choices 2016. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016. Used with permission.
For fans of We Were Liars
, How I Live Now
, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane
comes a haunting, sexy debut of magical realism. And look for Mora Fowley-Doyle's newest book, Spellbook of the Lost and Found
Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably and unavoidably accident-prone. Some years it's bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it's just a lot of cuts and scrapes. This accident season--when Cara, her ex-stepbrother, Sam, and her best friend, Bea, are 17--is going to be a bad one. But not for the reasons they think.
Cara is about to learn that not all the scars left by the accident season are physical: There's a long-hidden family secret underneath the bumps and bruises. This is the year Cara will finally fall desperately in love, when she'll start discovering the painful truth about the adults in her life, and when she'll uncover the dark origins of the accident season--whether she's ready or not.
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