The Children and the Wolves by Adam Rapp

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Printz Honor-winning author Adam Rapp spins a raw, gripping, and ultimately redemptive story about three disaffected teens and a kidnapped child. Three teenagers - a sharp, well-to-do girl named Bounce and two struggling boys named Wiggins and Orange - are holding a four-yearold girl hostage in Orange's basement. The little girl answers to "the Frog" and seems content to play a video game about wolves all day long, a game that parallels the reality around her. As the stakes grow higher and the guilt and tension mount, Wiggins cracks and finally brings Frog to a trusted adult. Not for the faint of heart, Adam Rapp's powerful, mesmerizing narrative ventures deep into psychological territory that few dare to visit.
 

About Adam Rapp

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Adam Rapp is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and filmmaker. He has written several young adult novels, including Punkzilla, The Buffalo Tree, and 33 Snowfish, and the adult novel, The Year of Endless Sorrows. His plays include Nocturne, the Pulitzer Prize finalist Red Light Winter, and The Metal Children. In 2005 he directed his first film, Winter Passing, starring Ed Harris, Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell.  George O’Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. His graphic novel work includes Journey Into Mohawk Country, in which he illustrated the journal of the seventeenth-century Dutch trader Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert, and his Olympians series, which retells the classic Greek myths in comics form. He has also published several children’s picture books, including the New York Times best-selling Kapow, Sally and the Some-Thing, and Uncle Bigfoot. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. 
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Candlewick. 161 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There is a drug dealer with “a face like a rubber shark” and buildings that “look perfect, like they got baked in a oven with some brownies.” The author continues to push the boundaries of fiction for teens by providing an unrelentingly real and intensely powerful voice for the disenfranchised yo...

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"On top of everything else, Boobie's got the clap," begins Rapp's (Little Chicago) dark tale about three runaways who understand hatred and violence better than love.

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When Blacky befriends the other school pariah, who encourages Blacky to resist the bullying, she becomes the victim of a prank so brutal that she is last seen unconscious, lying on a stretcher.

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Set in a all-boys military academy, this debut novel is ""promising but not entirely successful,"" said PW.

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Mike finds strength and protection in his roommate, Truvoy, a black cadet who has been transferred into Mike's squad after striking a student officer who called him a ``nigger.'' When Truvoy is viciously beaten by two cadets and then expelled, Mike condemns himself for not coming to Truvoy's aid ...

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Adam Rapp sets out in his latest novel --- as he did in his groundbreaking and award-winning 33 SNOWFISH --- to deliberately shake up readers, to show them scenes and images and a kind of life that is both foreign and, in fact, invisible to most of them.

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Time Out New York

Any recollection of your own awkward, awful middle-school years—acne, premiere pubic hairs—will pale in comparison with Adam Rapp's nightmarish vision of tweendom in new novel The Children and the Wolves.

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