St. Michael's Scales by Neil Connelly
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First-time author Neil Connelly's deft and insightful novel about 15-year-old Keegan Flannery's search for life, described by one reader as a male version of Laurie Halse Anderson's "Speak"

Keegan Flannery was born a twin though his brother Michael did not survive birth. Now, two weeks before Keegan's sixteenth birthday, he has a dream about his own death. Understanding that Michael was supposed to have lived, and it was he who was meant to have died, Keegan sets out to right all the wrongs by planning his own suicide.

But in the final weeks before his 16th birthday and his last day on earth, life intercedes in the plan: Keegan joins the wrestling team and a dialogue between him and his father begins. And it may just be enough to change Keegan's ideas about confession, penance, and the gift of being alive.

About Neil Connelly

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Connelly is a professor of English at McNeese State University in Louisiana, where he conducts the fiction writing workshop in the MFA program.
Published January 1, 2002 by Arthur A. Levine Scholastic Press, 2002. 309 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Patron saint of the sick and patron saint of battle, St. Michael stands at the gate to Heaven, judging people’s lives and weighing the worth of their souls.

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A teen wrestler plans to kill himself the day before turning 16 but worries he won't get to heaven if he does.

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