Aftershock by Kelly Easton

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Seventeen-year-old Adam and his parents are driving home to Rhode Island from a peace rally in Seattle when the accident happens. In a single, horrible moment, his parents are gone. And Adam is alone.

In a speechless state of shock, Adam begins walking across the country, toward home. But he can't think in a straight line: The past and present merge in his thoughts, and the future's a blank. As flashes of memory come to him -- some wonderful, some violent -- he begins to wonder if he has truly lost everything.

About Kelly Easton

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Kelly Easton is the author of Walking on Air and The Life History of a Star, which was a Teen Readers Book Sense Top Ten book and a Golden Kite Award Honor winner. She has published stories in such literary journals as the Connecticut Review, the Paterson Literary Review, Iris, and Frontiers. Kelly Easton lives in Jamestown, Rhode Island.
Published June 30, 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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Part gritty survival story, part quiet reminiscence, Easton’s latest flashes back and forth between Adam’s journey on foot and the joyful, painful, occasionally poignant memories from the past that invade his psyche and fuel his emotions along the way.

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Seventeen-year-old Adam, an only child, enjoys a comfortable and happy life with his parents, who own a bookstore in Bristol, R.I.

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Adam stays for a while with the woman who nursed him back to health then, quite suddenly, he takes off, making his silent and frequently on-foot journey back to his home in Rhode Island.

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