The Long Night of Leo and Bree by Ellen Wittlinger

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Nobody should have a night like this...

8:30 P.M.: It's been four years since Michelle was killed. Leo can't stand to be at home with his mom -- she's crazy with rage. He's got anger of his own and pictures of his dead sister he can't get out of his head.
     9:00 P.M.: Bree parks her mom's car and locks the doors. She's in a bad part of town, but she knows the bar has to be around here somewhere. All she wants is to escape for a while and have a good time.
     9:15 P.M.: Leo, out for a drive to get away from his mom, spots Bree. Why is this girl alive while Michelle's not?
     By 6:30 A.M., when their long night is over, everything has changed

About Ellen Wittlinger

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Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of the teen novels Love & Lies: Marisol's Story, Parrotfish, Blind Faith, Sandpiper, Heart on My Sleeve, Zigzag, and Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award winner), and the middle-grade novel Gracie's Girl. She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. A former children's librarian, she lives with her husband in Haydenville, Massachusetts.
Published July 10, 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 132 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On the night of the fourth anniversary of his sister Michelle’s grisly murder by her abusive boyfriend, Leo’s crazy mother has gotten out the photographs of Michelle’s death.

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Narrated by two very different teens—Leo, a poor, troubled dropout, and Bree, a rich girl rebelling against her sheltered life—Wittlinger's (Hard Love) novel raises interesting issues, but ultimately its premise is too problematic.

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