The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
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Jodi Picoult, the New York Times bestselling author of Vanishing Acts, offers her most powerful chronicle yet of an American family with a story that probes the unbreakable bond between parent and child -- and the dangerous repercussions of trying to play the hero.

Trixie Stone is fourteen years old and in love for the first time. She's also the light of her father's life -- a straight-A student; a freshman in high school who is pretty and popular; a girl who's always looked up to Daniel Stone as a hero. Until, that is, her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence...and suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family -- and herself -- seems to be a lie.

For fifteen years, Daniel Stone has been an even-tempered, mild-mannered man: a stay-at-home dad to Trixie and a husband who has put his own career as a comic book artist behind that of his wife, Laura, who teaches Dante's Inferno at a local college. But years ago, he was completely different: growing up as the only white boy in an Eskimo village, he was teased mercilessly for the color of his skin. He learned to fight back: stealing, drinking, robbing, and cheating his way out of the Alaskan bush. To become part of a family, he reinvented himself, channeling his rage onto the page and burying his past completely...until now. Could the young boy who once made Trixie's face fill with light when he came to the door have been the one to end her childhood forever? She says that he is, and that is all it takes to make Daniel, a man with a history he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back in order to protect his daughter.

The Tenth Circle looks at that delicate moment when a child learns that her parents don't know all of the answers and when being a good parent means letting go of your child. It asks whether you can reinvent yourself in the course of a lifetime or if your mistakes are carried forever -- if life is, as in any good comic book, a struggle to control good and evil, or if good and evil control you.
 

About Jodi Picoult

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Jodi Picoult is the author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers House Rules, Handle With Care, Change of Heart, Nineteen Minutes, and My Sister’s Keeper. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Visit her at JodiPicoult.com.Samantha van Leer is a junior in high school. She conceived the idea for this book and pitched it to her mom, who was in the middle of a book tour. In her spare time, Samantha can be found playing softball, doing contemporary dance, acting and singing in musicals, and cuddling on the ground with her two dogs, Dudley and Oliver—for whom the prince in this fairy tale was named.
 
Published March 7, 2006 by Atria Books. 416 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Afraid she’ll be charged with Jason’s murder, Trixie runs away to the Alaskan Eskimo village where Daniel was raised (and tormented as the only white boy), forcing Daniel to confront his past, save his daughter, save his marriage and make everything okay in the universe, as every superhero should.

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Narrator Monda does a good job of giving unique voice to the characters through the complex narrative, and her voice is easy to listen to throughout.

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Book Reporter

But Picoult takes her narrative voice a step further in THE TENTH CIRCLE by incorporating comic book art --- skillfully drawn by artist Dustin Weaver --- as glimpses into the graphic art of Daniel Stone.

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Entertainment Weekly

It would be a betrayal of the intricate work of Jodi Picoult's 13th novel to divulge all the details here — the first three pages of this book will take your breath away.

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Just when they are about to drop the case, a date rape drug is found in Trixie's blood taken when she went to the hospital right after she claimed rape.

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Bookmarks Magazine

High school freshman Trixie Stone is pretty, popular, smart—and dating Jason Underhill, her Maine high school’s star hockey player.

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In this chilling story she explores the hidden secrets of a family from Maine, exposing all their demons and illustrating how these demons affect every aspect of their lives - wether they are aware of it or not.

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Jodi Picoult displays her customary insights into the family and love of all kinds in this outing.

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Variety

Wrapped in more layers than your mother's average Lifetime drama, "The Tenth Circle" boils Jodi Picoult's bestselling novel into a serviceable if not particularly engrossing movie.

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