Black Helicopters by Blythe Woolston

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A teenage girl. A survivalist childhood. And now a bomb strapped to her chest. See the world through her eyes in this harrowing and deeply affecting literary thriller. Ever since Mabby died while picking beans in their garden — with the pock-a-pock of a helicopter overhead — four-year-old Valley knows what her job is: hide in the underground den with her brother, Bo, while Da is working, because Those People will kill them like coyotes. But now, with Da unexpectedly gone and no home to return to, a teenage Valley (now Valkyrie) and her big brother must bring their message to the outside world — a not-so-smart place where little boys wear their names on their backpacks and young men don’t pat down strangers before offering a lift. Blythe Woolston infuses her white-knuckle narrative, set in a day-after-tomorrow Montana, with a dark, trenchant humor and a keen psychological eye. Alternating past-present vignettes in prose as tightly wound as the springs of a clock and as masterfully plotted as a game of chess, she ratchets up the pacing right to the final, explosive end.

About Blythe Woolston

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Blythe Woolston's first novel, The Freak Observer, won the William C. Morris debut fiction award. She lives in Billings, Montana.
Published March 26, 2013 by Candlewick. 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A chilling exploration of the life, motivations and strategies of a young American suicide bomber.

Jan 28 2013 | Read Full Review of Black Helicopters

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This brief but razor-sharp novel from Woolston (Catch & Release) is as unpredictable as the bomb strapped to the chest of the girl at its center, 15-year-old Valkyrie White. Raised in isolation in rem

Jan 07 2013 | Read Full Review of Black Helicopters

Gr 9 Up—Valley and Bo's orders from their father were very clear: if they hear or see a helicopter, they are to run and hide. The rest of the country does not believe that the government is killing American citizens, but Valley and her family do. That's why her father came up with a plan to wake ...

Apr 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Black Helicopters

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