About Phoenix by Nastasia Rugani

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Should you get into the car of someone you barely know? Hard to resist when the driver is Jessup Smith, the handsomest teacher in school. That night, he drives sixteen-year-old Phoenix and her little sister Sasha—both brilliant misfits—home. A few days later, their mother, Erika, lets herself be seduced by Mr. Smith. Not long after, he's moving in, filling the empty space left by Phoenix and Sasha's father, who left the family without warning last summer.

At first, Mr. Smith seems too good to be true. He can be a little strict and controlling, sure, but nothing to worry about. Until it begins: first a kick, then a slap. Soon Phoenix is descending into a violent nightmare, afraid of making the least mistake and desperate to protect her little sister. As Phoenix and Sasha feel their world closing in, help may come from an unexpected place.

About Nastasia Rugani

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Nastasia Rugani is a French author who has written two previous books for children. About Phoenix is her first novel for young adults. She lives near Paris, France.
Published September 13, 2016 by Annick Press. 204 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Gr 9 Up—This book will hook readers initially and then take its time to reel them in. Tension mounts when Phoenix's charismatic English teacher, Mr. Smith, rescues her and her younger sister Sasha from a bike mishap. Smith takes the girls home and finds their mother, face lit by the bonfire in wh...

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