Zero at the Bone by Michael Cadnum
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Anita is missing. Any minute now, Cray expects his sister to walk through the door and make everything all right. But no one knows where Anita is, not her parents, not her boyfriend, not even the police. As the hours stretch into days, Cray
 

About Michael Cadnum

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Michael Cadnum, a National Book Award finalist, is the author of over a dozen novels for young adults. He lives in Albany, California.
 
Published August 1, 1996 by Viking Juvenile. 224 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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Cray describes the ensuing changes in himself and his parents in a slightly detached tone that makes the plot's grimmer moments--rummaging through dumpsters, rushing to the morgue when police find a partially decomposed body (not Anita's, as it turns out)--even more heartrending.

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""Fans of intense psychological dramas can expect to be emotionally drained by the time they reach the last chapter,"" said PW in a starred review.

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After spending seven chapters articulating the conflicts and relationships of high-school senior Cray Buchanan, Cadman (Taking It;

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