The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall

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Seventeen-year-old Hope Long's life revolves around her brother Jeremy.  So when Jeremy is accused of killing the town's beloved baseball coach, Hope's world begins to unravel. Everyone is convinced Jeremy did it, and since he hasn't spoken a word in 9 years, he's unable to defend himself.  Their lawyer instructs Hope to convince the jury that Jeremy is insane, but all her life Hope has known that Jeremy's just different than other people—better, even. As she works to prove his innocence—joined by her best friend T.J. and the sheriff's son, Chase—Hope uncovers secrets about the murder, the townspeople, her family, and herself. She knows her brother isn't the murderer.  But as she comes closer to the truth, she's terrified to find out who is.
 

About Dandi Daley Mackall

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Dandi Daley Mackall is the author of over 400 books and still can't believe she gets to write for a living, helping children of all ages grow spiritually. She and her husband, Joe, both write from rural Ohio, where they're blessed with three children and a variety of horses, dogs, and cats. Anna Vojtech has illustrated numerous books for children, including folktales and stories about nature. Anna was raised in Prague, Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic) - a magical place for a young girl to grow up. Since 1982 she has lived on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, with her husband and their two sons.
 
Published October 11, 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 338 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Hope Long already had a laundry list of problems before her autistic brother Jeremy was arrested for murder: an abusive, alcoholic mother, a run-down house and no social life to speak of.

Sep 15 2011 | Read Full Review of The Silence of Murder

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And even if they don’t do that, they’ll put him in a prison with grown men who will crush all of the Jeremy out of him, or kill him trying.” The Silence of Murder is character-driven, as the personalities of those involved in the story are as vital as clues when solving the mystery.

Jan 13 2012 | Read Full Review of The Silence of Murder

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