Two Stars for Caroline Bock’s LIE

Both Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews have seen fit to add a star to their reviews of Caroline Bock's LIE. LIE is the story of seventeen-year-old Skylar Thompson and her role in a small town hate crime. Her boyfriend stands accused of brutally assaulting two young El Salvadoran immigrants from a neighboring town, and she’s the prime witness.

Kirkus Reviews calls LIE, "unusual and important," and says, "This effective, character-driven, episodic story examines the consequences of a hate crime on the teens involved in it. [...] Realistic and devastatingly insightful, this novel can serve as a springboard to classroom and family discussions."

[UPDATE] Kirkus Reviews added LIE to their list of New and Notable Books for Teens for August.

Publishers Weekly says, "Avoiding preachiness, Bock handles the novel's multiple viewpoints exceptionally well, rotating among the painfully believable voices of high school students and adults. Her characters may keep the truth inside, but their story reads like a confessional."

LIE will be available 8/30/2011 from St. Martin's Griffin.

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