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Cuts Like a Knife
By author: Darlene Ryan
Selling Points: Friendship, suicide
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2012
Fry Reading Level: 4.0
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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What had Mac said? Tomorrow everything would be gone. Did she mean herself too?

Daniel has been crazy about Mac from the moment she transferred to his school. She's smart, funny, loyal and fiercely independent. The only problem is, when life gets too hard for Mac, she runs away. But she always comes back.

Except now Mac's grandmother is dead, their house is about to be torn down and she's been humiliated in front of the entire school. When Daniel finds out Mac has been saying goodbye to her friends, he realizes she's planning on leaving for good. Getting more and more desperate as he searches the city, Daniel finds an unexpected and unlikely ally. But can he find Mac before he loses her forever?
School Library Journal - November 1, 2012
"While the book is certainly aimed at struggling readers, Ryan's foreshadowing of Mac's suicide attempt is subtle enough to satisfy sophisticated readers, and the references to music studies may make this story appealing to musicians."
NJ Youth Services - October 18, 2012
"This Hi-Lo book had surprising depth for such a short read. The author covers all the danger signs that a suicidal person might exhibit. The main character is earnest and likable...Great for struggling or reluctant readers who want an intense, gritty story."
Tri State YA Book Review Committee - September 1, 2012
"Strong characters and a twisting plot make this novel one the reader will not be able to put down...Orca Soundings continues to create realistic, engrossing reads that appeal to reluctant readers, but can be enjoyed by any young adult."
Resource Links - April 1, 2012
"Another fast-paced, high-interest book from the Orca Soundings series...Told in the first person, Daniel's voice comes across as genuine...Teens will be readily able to relate to Daniel and his dilemma."
CM Magazine - February 17, 2012
"Deals realistically with the issues at hand, especially Mac's depression...The characters are likeable and easy to relate to, especially Daniel and his quirky and sweet mom. The interesting characters, fast pace of the novel, and compelling story are sure to keep both male and female readers interested."


Junior Library Guild Selection, commended  US  2012
YALSA Quick Picks nominee, short-listed  US  2013
CCBC Best Books starred selection, commended  CA  2012


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Teen fiction for
reluctant readers

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Short, high-interest novels
Contemporary stories
Compelling characters
Linear plots
Ideal for Lit Circles
Ideal for Independent Reading

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