The Hanging Woods by Scott Loring Sanders

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What Walter reads that day changes him. Not in any way someone would really notice. He still goes to school, hangs out with his friends Jimmy and Mothball, and tries to avoid the Troll, the town recluse. But something in him has changed. It's as if he can feel a part of him growing—the part that can stand by and watch a house burn down or the life flow out of a fox, without doing anything to stop either. He knows he could—should—do something to help. But some part of him keeps him glued in place, watching with fascination and curiosity. Maybe it would have been better if Walter had never found out the things he did. Maybe he didn't really want to know. But then again, maybe he did. Richly atmospheric, The Hanging Woods is at times disturbing, but it is always riveting. It's a tale of deception, delusion, and the dark places a troubled mind can go.

About Scott Loring Sanders

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Scott Loring Sanders's work has been published in both literary magazines and larger publications, including Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. His awards and honors include a writer-in-residency fellowship from the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France; a fiction award from The Atlantic Monthly; a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and a Pushcart Prize nomination. He was also a semi-finalist for the James Jones First Novel fellowship and received nominations for Harcourt's Best New American Voices in 2004 and 2005. He lives in Virginia, where he writes and teaches writing. 9780618693344
Published March 21, 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 339 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In an Alabama mill town in 1975, a teen reads his mother’s diary and kills a fox, discovering a lot he didn’t want to know about his parents and realizing he has the power to kill.

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Walter spends all of his time trying to uncover the mystery of their deaths.

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