Shadow People by Joyce McDonald

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Five voices combine to tell the chilling tale of what happens in a small town when teenage fury is unleashed.

Gabriel, Lydia, Alec, and Hollis are four totally different teenagers who were thrown together by accident. Or maybe they were destined to meet, for they all share emotions that unite them and drive them—loneliness, frustration, and anger. Apart they are ordinary enough, unremarkable and not much noticed. Together, in the dark of night, they are drawn to violence like moths to a flame. Gem is a girl who path crosses theirs when she falls in love with Gabriel. Will she offer a way out for Gabriel? Or will the whirlpool of destruction swallow her, too?


From The Book Report (starred review/highly recommended)

" . . . thrilling and beautifully constructed . . ."

From Publishers Weekly

"The chilling premise and credible depiction of the gang dynamic propelled by fear will keep the pages turning."

From School Library Journal

In this chilling story, McDonald introduces four teens who come together by chance and get caught up in a destructive spiral of anger and violence. The group of unlikely companions consists of Alec, 19, who has been in and out of trouble for years; Hollis, a 15-year-old computer whiz; Lydia, whose strict survivalist father drills his family in disaster training; and Gabriel, whose family has moved to the country from New York City after his brother was killed by thieves. What begins as random acts of vandalism escalates to more serious and more violent crimes. When Gabriel tries to leave the group, his new girlfriend is targeted and the teens set out to trash the campground that the girl's aunt owns and where the two of them live and work. The characters are all well drawn and the surprise ending is true to our justice system today. This look behind today's headlines about the rising number of violent acts performed by teens and the roots of their rage could well be a topic for discussion.
(Barbara Jo McKee, copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.)

From Booklist

Gr. 9-12. As in Swallowing Stones (1997), McDonald explores the moral dilemmas of teens caught in misdeeds. Lydia, Alec, Hollis, and Gabriel, four high-school outcasts in an isolated area of New Jersey, meet by chance and form a gang (the Lords of Destruction), finding release from their personal miseries in what are, at first, petty crimes. The teens are terribly angry at their parents in particular and society in general, but it is brilliant Hollis, the youngest and seemingly the most inept, who harnesses the groups' rage into plans for mayhem. Only after the LDs blow up a supposedly abandoned building and discover that they have killed a transient does the weight of their crimes become real. The dark, brooding story line builds to a horrifying climax, with the sickening knowledge that the guilty will go unpunished. Unrelenting in its dark vision, Shadow People throws the reader into a swarm of angry tensions as it conveys the emotional ties that transform a gang into a "family." (Debbie Carton. Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.)


". . . a complex and ambitious novel"

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"Fast-paced and instantly absorbing . . ."

About Joyce McDonald

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Author Residence: Forks Township, PA.

Author Hometown: Chatham, NJ
Published February 28, 2013 by Twin Rivers Press. 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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