Counterfeit Son by Elaine Marie Alphin

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Cameron Miller is pretending to be someone he isn't. When he began presenting himself as Neil Lacey, it was the only way he could think of to distance himself from what Pop had done, to finally climb out of his nightmarish existence. He thought it would be easy--playing the rich kid, sailing his boat--but he didn't count on Cougar. Now Cougar, his father's old accomplice, has tracked Cameron down and presented an ultimatum: Share the wealth or be exposed. Will Cameron give up his new identity to protect Neil's family? Or will he let his search for a new life destroy those around him?

About Elaine Marie Alphin

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ELAINE MARIE ALPHIN is the author of the Edgar Award-winning title, Counterfeit Son (2000). She has written numerous books for young readers and more than two hundred articles for children's magazines. She lives in Madison, Indiana. 9780395214060
Published January 18, 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 195 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In a kind of Talented Mr. Ripley with a brutal back-story and a more moral protagonist, Alphin (Toasters, 1998, etc.) mines the provocative field of identity, memory, and lies.

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Cameron Miller's Pop locked him in the cellar while he beat to death the boys he kidnapped--more than 20 boys over the years and Cameron, too, has suffered at his father's hands. As this gripping nove

Sep 04 2000 | Read Full Review of Counterfeit Son

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After suffering at his father's hands, as well as being locked in the cellar while his father beat to death more than 20 boys over the years, Cameron sees a chance at normal life by passing himself off as one of his father's murder victims.

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He helps his father bury the boys who won't listen when Cameron tells them to do what Pop wants.

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