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Right behind you, Gail Giles

Label
Right behind you
Title
Right behind you
Statement of responsibility
Gail Giles
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After spending over four years in a mental institution for murdering a friend in Alaska, fourteen-year-old Kip begins a completely new life in Indiana with his father and stepmother under a different name, but not only has trouble fitting in, he finds there are still problems to deal with from his childhood
Pace
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2009
Review
  • Gr. 8-11 The most horrific moment comes at the beginning: distraught 10-year-old Kip kills another child by dousing him with gasoline and setting him afire. Traumatized, he's sent to a mental ward for serious juvenile offenders (the Loon Platoon), where he's encouraged to examine his feelings and memories. At 14, he reenters the world with a different identity, well aware that his fragile new self and the welfare of his family are built on a lie. Eventually, a girl with her own sad baggage walks into his life. Should he confess his past to her? A cheerleader stepmom and the convenience of finding a soulmate as troubled as he is are hard to swallow, but Kip's halting endeavors to start over are both credible and carefully nuanced. Cynical and smart, Kip is also filled with self-reproach, and despite his crime, he'll earn readers' respect as he struggles to find out who he is and forge a path toward who he will eventually become. Giles' fans won't find outright thrills, but they'll come away with a greater understanding of redemption and forgiveness. -- Zvirin, Stephanie (Reviewed 10-15-2007) (Booklist, vol 104, number 4, p45)
  • Gr 8 Up— After setting his seven-year-old neighbor in Alaska on fire, Kip McFarland spends four years in a facility for violent juvenile offenders. When he is released at the age of 14, he, his father, and his new stepmother move to Indiana, with new names. For a while, Wade enjoys a normal life. Eventually, however, despite the warnings of his therapist, he sabotages his happiness in a drunken fit of rage. After he reveals his identity, the town turns on him and his family. Now, a coastal Texas town is their final shot at starting over. The cozy community appears to be a perfect haven, but Wade feels compelled to reveal his past to Sam, the beautiful and mysterious neighbor who is winning his heart—and has a story of her own. Will she still accept him once she finds out he is a murderer? This quick read has a compelling story line, but the characters, especially the adults, are at times one-dimensional, with voices that are somewhat indistinguishable from one another. Reluctant readers will be drawn to the story's accessibility, and many teens will be pulled in by the larger questions the novel poses about innocence and acceptance. Despite its flaws, this book will be a hit with Giles's fans.—Lynn Rashid, Marriots Ridge High School, Marriotsville, MD --Lynn Rashid (Reviewed September 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 9, p196)
  • Giles (What Happened to Cass McBride? ) returns with another riveting nail-biter. Kip and his father live a spartan life in Alaska until nine-year-old Kip, in a jealous rage, sets a neighboring boy afire, killing him. Put in a psychiatric hospital for criminal juveniles, he is released four and a half years later and moves to Indiana with his father and new stepmother. Kip and his family assume new identities (Kip now goes by Wade). As Wade, who is by all accounts observant, articulate and intelligent, struggles with the sins of his past and finding his place in the outside world, he becomes a star swimmer at the school and even gets a girlfriend, who he nicknames “Absolutely Cutest.” However, one drunken evening, Wade reveals his secret to his friends and soon after he and his family are forced to relocate once more, this time to Texas. There he finds a kindred spirit in his new neighbor Sam, a beautiful girl who considers herself to be “damaged goods” of a sort, as well. This story explores, with sympathy and compassion, the nature of guilt, atonement and forgiveness. As Giles delicately handles these delicate issues and questions (“Do you get to kill someone and say, 'Oh, really sorry now,’ and everything is fine?”), readers should be glued to Wade’s story, hoping for his redemption. Ages 15-up. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed June 18, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 25, p56)
  • When Kip was nine, he set Bobby Clarke on fire and then spent the next four years in a mental ward for dangerous juveniles. Guilty of the worst crime on his ward, Kip is the most civilized and intelligent child there, and at 13, he is freed. In a new place with a new name, Kip can start afresh, but he'll never succeed in a normal life if he doesn't learn to manage the crushing guilt of his past. Neither Kip nor any of his psychiatrists tackle the unanswerable question of whether a nine-year-old can be held responsible for cold-blooded murder. Instead, they focus on moving forward, on living a worthwhile life despite an unforgivable past. Guided by Chris Crutcher–style helpful adults, Kip's journey gains context from the adolescent traumas of the teenagers he meets. This powerful and moving novel of self-discovery gives no easy answers, except inasmuch as it's too easy to have Kip be an entirely sweet, well-intentioned young man, unscarred by anything but guilt after four years of incarceration. Thought-provoking and heart-wrenching. (Fiction. YA) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2007)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
207793
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Giles, Gail
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 590L
  • Decoding demand: 92 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 100 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 82 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 87 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 8
  • 12
Reading level
4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Psychotherapy
  • Family problems
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Murder
  • Identity
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Psychotherapy
  • Dysfunctional families
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Murder
  • Identity (Philosophical concept)
  • High schools
  • Schools
  • Alaska
  • Indiana
  • Alaska
  • Indiana
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Right behind you, Gail Giles
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
653266
Dimensions
19 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9780316166362
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007012336
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780316166362
  • (OCoLC)123818159
Label
Right behind you, Gail Giles
Link
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
653266
Dimensions
19 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
292 pages
Isbn
9780316166362
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2007012336
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780316166362
  • (OCoLC)123818159

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