Harmless by Dana Reinhardt

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There was a man. He had a knife. He attacked us down by the river.

It was just a harmless little lie.

Anna, Emma and Mariah concoct a story about why they're late getting home one night—a story that will replace their parents' anger with
concern. They just have to stand by it. No matter what. Suddenly the police are involved, and the town demands that someone be punished. And then there is the man who is arrested and accused of a crime that never happened.

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About Dana Reinhardt

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DANA REINHARDT is the author of A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, Harmless, How to Build a House, The Things a Brother Knows, and The Summer I Learned to Fly. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and two daughters. SUSAN REAGAN has ilustrated many children's books. Her work has appeared on greeting cards and in other media.

Author Residence: San Francisco, CA

Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA SUSAN REAGAN has illustrated many children's books. Her work has appeared on greeting cards and in other media.Illustrator Residence: Cleveland, OHIllustrator Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Published December 18, 2008 by Wendy Lamb Books. 242 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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Reinhardt follows the success of A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life (2006) with the story of three friends who feel the consequences of a lie.

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USA Today

Dana Reinhardt's novel Harmless examines one worst-case scenario and tells it through the voices of three high school freshmen: Anna, Emma and Mariah.

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Teen Reads

Anna loves being in the spotlight, Emma withdraws into a shell and Mariah finds out that being "a woman" isn't all that it's cracked up to be.

Oct 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Harmless

Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Readers can, as the lie spirals out of control, foresee to some extent the consequences that are sure to come, consequences that the three girls are blind to, but it is an absorbing read as we anxiously wait to see just how the truth is revealed.

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This is what I know about the truth: the farther you get away from it, or it gets away from you, the harder it is to tell.

Jun 01 2007 | Read Full Review of Harmless

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