Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Children's Literature A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age Winner of the 2004 Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List When fifteen-year-old Mick Nichols discovers a secret about his stepmother, he comes obsessed with uncovering the truth. But before he can get to the bottom of it, Mick is confronted by a series of strange robberies and a close friend with a dark secret of her own. As he seeks out answers, Mick realizes that all of his problems are zipped up together-and he may have to go to drastic lengths to untangle them. "The McNeals spin a wonderfully rich story."-Kirkus Reviews "A well-honed novel. . . . Readers will be sucked in

Laura and Tom McNeal
Alfred A. Knopf

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