Freewill by Chris Lynch

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Why Are You Here?

Will is supposed to be a pilot, to skim above surfaces. But instead he's in wood shop. He doesn't know why -- or maybe he just doesn't want to admit the truth.

What Are You Doing?

He used to make beautiful things: gnomes, whirligigs, furniture. Now he's making strange wooden totems that seem to serve no purpose.

What Do You Know?

When a series of teen suicides occurs in town, they all have one thing in common: beautifully carved wooden tributes that appear just after or just before the deaths.

What Will You Do?

Will's afraid he knows who's repsonsible for the deaths. And lurking just behind that knowledge is another secret, so explosive that he might not be able to face it and live....


About Chris Lynch

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Chris Lynch is the author of numerous acclaimed books for middle-grade and teen readers, including the Cyberia series and the National Book Award finalist Inexcusable. He teaches in the Lesley University creative writing MFA program, and divides his time between Massachusetts and Scotland.
Published March 1, 2001 by HarperCollins. 160 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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More straight-to-the-gut fiction from the author of the "Blue Eyed Son" trilogy, written in second-person singular, present tense, and featuring a profoundly wounded teenager haunted by questions.

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Will, a 17-year-old enrolled in a vocational woodworking class, falls under suspicion when his wood sculptures are found near the site of several teens' mysterious drownings or suicides.

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Despite the redemptive themes suggested by its title and its division into three sections expansively entitled ""Faith,"" ""Hope"" and ""Charity,"" Lynch's (Whitechurch) latest novel focuses on the dark and murky corners of its main character's psyche.

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