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There will be lies
Lake, Nick, author.
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Publication Information:
New York : Bloomsbury, [2015]
Physical Description:
454 pages ; 22 cm
Shelby Cooper, nearly eighteen, has been overprotected by her single mother all her life but after a car accident, Shelby's mother steals her away from the hospital, revealing that Shelby's father is not dead, but rather a violent man who promised to hunt them down.
Reading Level:
HL 740 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.8 15.0 171393.

Reading Counts RC High School 5.5 24 Quiz: 61655.
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In four hours, Shelby Jane Cooper will be struck by a car.

Shortly after, she and her mother will leave the hospital and set out on a winding journey toward the Grand Canyon.

All Shelby knows is that they're running from dangers only her mother understands. And the further they travel, the more Shelby questions everything about her past-and her current reality. Forced to take advantage of the kindness of unsuspecting travelers, Shelby grapples with what's real, what isn't, and who she can trust . . . if anyody.

Award-winning author Nick Lake proves his skills as a master storyteller in this heart-pounding new novel. This emotionally charged thrill ride leads to a shocking ending that will have readers flipping back to the beginning.

Author Notes

Nick Lake is the much-acclaimed author of In Darkness , winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, and Hostage Three , which received three starred reviews and was named a Publishers Weekly , School Library Journal , and Boston Globe Best Book of the Year. He is also the Publishing Director for fiction at HarperCollins Children's Books UK. Nick lives near Oxford, England.Visit him online at and on Twitter at @nicklakeauthor.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

There will be spoilers. But how else does one begin to review a book so rife with reveals? Spoiler #1: Shelby, 17, is mute. After she fractures her foot, her single mother whisks her away on a desert road trip with a shocking admission (spoiler #2): Shelby's hospital stay might have allowed Shelby's father not dead but rather a murderous maniac! to track them down. Their journey is echoed by the B-side plot of the Dreaming, a dark fairy-tale land where a talking coyote informs Shelby that she is the Maiden and must kill the Crone in three days or else the human world will end. As the story bounces between either end, the book's one weakness becomes evident: the fantasy plot, though metaphorically rich, never clicks on its own. The realistic story, however, is a rare joy to behold: costarring the unforgettable character of Shelby's mom, unpredictable at every turn (no more spoilers here!), abruptly violent, and yet receptive to playfulness, as when Shelby represents a skinny elk with the symbol :))))?. Another impressive stylistic swerve from Printz-winner Lake.--Kraus, Daniel Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Lake returns to the mix of reality and fantasy he used to great success in his Printz-winning In Darkness for this story narrated by Shelby Cooper, a deaf teen whose life is upended when she is struck by an out-of-control Humvee in Scottsdale, Ariz. Shelby's injuries aren't life-threatening, but her mother panics, spiriting her away for a Thelma and Louise-style road trip to the Grand Canyon. Heretofore, Shaylene Cooper kept Shelby on a short leash, but Shelby soon learns that their cloistered existence had a darker genesis than maternal overprotectiveness. What Shelby discovers about her past is so unsettling that she retreats into an allegorical landscape known as the Dreaming. In this alternate world, drawn from Native American mythologies, Shelby is befriended by Coyote and told she is on a quest to kill the Crone and save a child whose cries she has heard for years in a recurring nightmare. These fantasy sequences are not as taut or thrilling as the real-world chapters, but Shelby is highly sympathetic, and readers will stick with her as she figures out who she can trust. Ages 14-up. Agent: Caradoc King, United Agents. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-"I have no words to describe how I am feeling-it's like grief, maybe, but grief for myself. I was living my life, and then something came along and killed me, erased me." Seventeen-year-old Shelby Jane Cooper's world begins to come apart after she is hit by a car in Scottsdale, AZ. Her overprotective mother takes them on the run, and a coyote (who used to be a boy) begins to bring her into the Dreaming, a magical place where Shelby is no longer deaf and the animal inhabitants believe she can save them from an evil witch. What's real, this world or the Dreaming? What are the "two lies" that Coyote warns Shelby about? What is the one truth? Lake's new novel is perplexing and disorienting, full of the rich language and heady epiphanies readers have come to expect from the Printz-award winning author of In Darkness (Bloomsbury, 2012). The plot draws on Native American mythology and the haunting vastness of the Southwest landscape. The battles between elks and wolves, narrow escapes from authorities, and the looming mystery (Who is Shelby?) will make teens want to tear through the pages. Encourage them to temper this impulse lest they miss a single one of Shelby's heartrending revelations that happen on her journey to save the Dreaming and herself.-Chelsey Philpot, Boston University (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.