Live to Tell

9781770862173

ISBN 9781770862173 | 5.375″ x 8″ | TPB | $14.95 | Age: 13+ | 288 pp
ISBN 9781770862180 | EBOOK | $9.99

Category: Novels
Curriculum: Character EducationFriendship, Responsibility | Health and SportsSubstance Abuse | Language ArtsMystery

 


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Synopsis

When Libby Thorne wakes up in the hospital, they tell her she was in a car accident. They tell her it was her fault, and that an innocent victim is clinging to life. And they tell her that criminal charges are going to be brought against her. The problem is, Libby can remember none of it. She can’t remember the accident, the party, the drinking … She can’t even remember the guy who keeps sending her flowers and acts like he’s her boyfriend.

With the help of her best friend, Kasey, Libby pieces together the events of the evening that landed her in the hospital. As memories start trickling through, she begins to realize that something is not right, and that what she’s been told about that night may not be what happened at all. But is she prepared for a truth that might be darker than the fiction?

A riveting psychological thriller from Lisa Harrington, Live to Tell is filled with staggering twists and emotional punches.

 

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Awards


Winner of the 2014 OLA White Pine Award (Fiction)
Winner of the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature
Finalist for the 2014 SYRCA Snow Willow Award
Finalist for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Award in the Best Juvenile/YA category


Praise

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“As satisfying as it is for a reader to solve a mystery before the author provides the “reveal,” even more satisfying is marvelling at the ability of an author to lead readers down the garden path while, at the same time, providing them with road signs telling them that they are not going in the right direction. A terrific read!”
CM Magazine, 4/4 Star Review

“Harrington’s clever, original approach to the amnesia trope will even have readers with Sherlock Holmes–worthy sleuthing skills guessing the story’s outcome, making Live to Tell a compelling, satisfying read right until the last page.”
Quill and Quire

“[A] beautifully constructed little novel … Harrington does a confident job of balancing suspense and teenage angst.”
Toronto Star

“The accuracy with which the author portrays the protagonist’s emotional state and depicts the reactions of her family allows the reader to get lost in this unsettling story. The final truth is devastating and unexpected.”
The Coast


Preview

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An unsettling feeling hovered over me like a giant umbrella. It was something totally independent of anything else that was wrong with me.

Mom returned and sat back down beside me.

“I still can’t remember anything,” I said. “Like about how I got here. I forgot to ask him why.”

“The doctor mentioned you might have some holes in your memory.” She gave me a reassuring smile. “Especially after a head injury like yours. But you can ask him next time.”

It was way more than holes. “Mom. Tell me what happened. Tell me about the accident.”

“Well … you tell me what you remember, and I’ll see what I can fill in.”

I closed my eyes and tried to concentrate, hoping some pictures would appear in my head. “I don’t remember … anything.”

Mom sat up a little straighter. “You don’t remember anything? The party?”

“Party?” I echoed.

“Cal?”

“Who?”

Her eyebrows scrunched together in a worried frown. She quickly tried to erase it, but too late, I’d already seen. I grabbed her arm and squeezed, hoping some of the stuff she knew would transfer to me. “Tell me.”

She hesitated, like she was unsure about what words to use. “You and Kasey … you went to a Halloween party at Tori’s.

In my head a tiny flash, Kasey’s voice. “Her parents are going out of town. We have to go. Everyone will be there. It’s a ‘can’t miss.’”

“There was a lot of drinking,” Mom said.

“Was I drinking?”

“Yes.” She waited for me to say something. When I didn’t, she continued, “You met Cal there.”

Another tiny flash, again Kasey’s voice. “He’s gorgeous. Just look at the way he’s leaning against the counter …”

“Cal,” I repeated.

“You two left the party together.”

That made no sense. “But why? Where was Nate?”

She didn’t answer me. She probably couldn’t. “And then … then there was an accident.”

I fixed my eyes on the half-dead flowers lining the windowsill. I went over what she’d just told me again and again, trying to make it sound familiar. “An accident. A car accident?”

Mom nodded.

“Your car?”

“Yes.”

“And … this Cal was with me?”

“Yes.”

I sunk my fingers into her arm. “The car. Who was driving the car?” My heart was beating so loud in my ears I could barely hear my own voice.

I saw her swallow. “We can talk about it later.”

“Mom?”

“Libby. Later.”

“No. Tell me now.” I already knew the answer. “Just say it.”

She stared at me for what seemed like forever, then closed her eyes as if in pain. “You were, Libby. You were driving the car.”


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About the Author

Harrington, Lisa - is a lifelong resident of Nova Scotia and currently resides in Halifax. Her first novel, Rattled, was published to critical acclaim in 2010. (read more)

Books by the Author

Live to Tell - Lisa Harrington
ISBN 9781770862173 | 5.375" x 8" | TPB | $14.95 | Age: 13+

Winner of the 2014 OLA White Pine Award
Winner of the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature
Finalist for the 2014 SYRCA Snow Willow Award
Finalist for the 2013 Arthur Ellis Award in the Best Juvenile/YA category


When Libby Thorne wakes up in the hospital, they tell her she was in a car accident. They tell her it was her fault, and that an innocent victim is clinging to life. And they tell her that criminal charges are going to be brought against her. The problem is, Libby can remember none of it. (read more)
Twisted - Lisa Harrington
ISBN 9781770864139 | 5.375" x 8" | TPB | $14.95 | Age: 13+

Shortlisted for 2015 CLA Young Adult Book of the Year

In the wake of her mother’s death, Lyssa Thomson flees her oppressive stepfather and is forced to travel to Halifax to reconnect with her estranged step brother - who she quickly discovers is not the person she remembers. (read more)

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