Swallowing Stones

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Random House Children's Books, May 22, 2012 - Young Adult Fiction - 272 pages
You can’t change the past. . . . 
 
When Michael fires his new rifle into the air on his seventeenth birthday, he never imagines that the bullet will end up killing someone. But it does—and Michael’s world is changed forever. Desperate, he wrestles with his guilt and keeps silent as his life begins to fall apart.
 
When Jenna’s father is killed in a freak Fourth of July accident, she’s devastated. As she grieves, she tries to understand why she no longer feels comfortable with her boyfriend, Jason, and why a guy named Michael keeps appearing in her dreams. . . .
 
Swallowing Stones is a haunting novel about choices . . . and devastating consequences.
 

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How do you deal with the consequences of an innocent act gone horribly wrong? That's Michael's dilemma in Swallowing Stones. What started out as a great 4th of July/Birthday for him quickly turned ... Read full review

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Michael McKenzie receives a Winchester Rifle for his 17th birthday, and not knowing it would kill anyone, shoots a bullet in the sky to try the rifle out. 1 mile away, Charlie Ward, the father of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
4
Section 2
7
Section 3
18
Section 4
40
Section 5
52
Section 6
60
Section 7
73
Section 8
82
Section 13
148
Section 14
168
Section 15
175
Section 16
194
Section 17
215
Section 18
222
Section 19
233
Section 20
239

Section 9
106
Section 10
112
Section 11
133
Section 12
140
Section 21
246
Section 22
247
Section 23
250
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About the author (2012)

Joyce McDonald is the author of several critically acclaimed young adult and middle-grade novels, including Shades of Simon Gray, an Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Devil on My Heels, nominated for five state awards. She is also a poet and is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in writing program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. She lives in Forks Township, Pennsylvania, with her husband. Visit Joyce at joycemcdonald.net and on Twitter at @JoyceMcDonald46.

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