Surrender by Sonya Hartnett

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As life slips away, Gabriel looks back over his brief twenty years, which have been clouded by frustration and humiliation. A small, unforgiving town and distant, punitive parents ensure that he is never allowed to forget the horrific mistake he made as a child. He has only two friends - his dog, Surrender, and the unruly wild boy, Finnigan, a shadowy doppelganger with whom the meek Gabriel once made a boyhood pact. But when a series of arson attacks grips the town, Gabriel realizes how unpredictable and dangerous Finnigan is. As events begin to spiral violently out of control, it becomes devastatingly clear that only the most extreme measures will rid Gabriel of Finnigan for good.

About Sonya Hartnett

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Sonya Hartnett is the winner of the 2008 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world's largest award for lifetime achievement in children's and youth literature. Her novels with Candlewick include Thursday's Child, What the Birds See, Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf, The Silver Donkey, The Ghost's Child, and Surrender, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. She lives in Australia.
Published May 22, 2007 by Candlewick. 248 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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A literary psychological thriller, hauntingly told, of a lonely, ostracized boy who “since childhood had been building a wall meant to protect [him] from the worst of the harm.” Anwell, renamed Gabriel, “the messenger, the teller of astonishing truths,” is 20 years old and dying of an unnamed ill...

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Surrender by Sonya Hartnett 256pp, Walker Books, £5.99 Anwell is dying slowly and horribly, confined to his room, nursed by his devoted Aunt Sarah and looking back over his short and wretched life.

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I also feel bad for how Gabriel had to keep the secret that after the pact was made, Finnegan becomes an arsonist, teasing and terrorizing the town with fire.

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The reader is never quite sure but is propelled along by the inherent tension between Gabriel and Finnigan and by the impending doom.

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