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Early proofs and trade advertising to build big anticipation of this truly groundbreaking teen novel Feature pitches to broadsheet press Major review coverage in national press

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Chris Lynch is an American who lives in Scotland - dividing his time between Ayrshire and Edinburgh. This is Chris's third novel for Bloomsbury.


A date rape is explored from the point of view of the perpetrator, "good guy" high school senior Keir, "making it nearly impossible for readers to see the world in black-and-white terms. This book is guaranteed to prompt heated discussion," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 14-up. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

'Lynch has developed his character to heights that are rarely reached in teenage fiction and has merged superbly the complexities of life with the paranormal. Freewill is original and gripping.' Independent on Sunday (review of Freewill) 'This is a powerful novel...leaves a lasting impression.' Alison Hurst, The School Librarian (review of Freewill)

Gr 9 Up-Keir is a senior who fancies himself a "lovable rogue." So do his widowed father, his older sisters, and his classmates. He likes being liked; he just doesn't do well with involvement. Keir would never do anything to hurt anyone intentionally-or would he? When he tackles and cripples a member of an opposing football team, it's determined to be an "accident"-one that earns him the good-humored nickname, "Killer." When he and his buddies destroy a town statue, they consider it a high-spirited, funny prank. When he gets drunk, the alcohol abuse is dismissed as "silly, harmless drinks," and drugs at parties are "strictly recreational." And when he date rapes the girl he thinks he loves, at first he convinces himself that "the way it looks is not the way it is." Keir's first-person narrative chillingly exposes the rationalization process that the troubled teen goes through to persuade himself and those around him of his innocence. Characters are clearly developed through immediately post-rape chapters that alternate with flashbacks of Keir's experiences and perceptions leading up to that point. As compelling as Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak (Farrar, 1999), though with a different point of view, this finely crafted and thought-provoking page-turner carefully conveys that it is simply inexcusable to whitewash wrongs, and that those responsible should (and hopefully will) pay the price.-Diane P. Tuccillo, City of Mesa Library, AZ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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