Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard

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William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist

"One of the best young adult books I've read in years."--Pat Conroy

At the beginning of his junior year at a boys' boarding school, 16-year-old Alex is devastated when he fails to save a drowning friend. When questioned, Alex and his friend Glenn, who was also at the river, begin weaving their web of lies. Plagued by guilt, Alex takes refuge in the library, telling his tale in a journal he hides behind Moby-Dick. Caught in the web with Alex and Glenn is their English teacher, Miss Dovecott, fresh out of Princeton, who suspects there's more to what happened at the river when she perceives guilt in Alex's writing for class. She also sees poetic talent in Alex, which she encourages. As Alex responds to her attention, he discovers his true voice, one that goes against the boarding school bravado that Glenn embraces. When Glenn becomes convinced that Miss Dovecott is out to get them, Alex must choose between them.

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About Jenny Hubbard

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JENNY HUBBARD is a poet and playwright, and has taught English in both high school and college for many years. This is her first novel.
Published June 14, 2011 by Delacorte Press. 194 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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14 & up) Pub Date: June 14th, 2011 ...

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Following in the tradition of John Knowles's A Separate Peace, this eloquent first novel set in 1982 at an all-male boarding school explores circumstances surrounding the accidental death of a student.

Apr 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Paper Covers Rock

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When one of Alex's friends drowns during a seemingly innocent outing, the fallout is immediate, but the real implications are complex and long-lasting, persisting through the school year --- and likely for the rest of Alex's life.

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