Nick has created the prefect list of rules for remaking his life. His loser friends may be graduating from high school and going nowhere fast, but Nick is determined to make a fresh start. All he has to do is stick to his list.
Enter dark—eyed Dawn, tough and troubled. Meeting a girl like her is nowhere on Nick’s list. Neither is hanging out with Zod, a teen thug who is back on the streets after Nick testified against him years ago. And making deliveries for the local drug lord definitely isn’t on Nick’s list.
So why is Nick caught up with these people and their dangerous schemes? No one said that changing his life would be simple, and Nick is willing to take a few knocks—and accept a few risks—in his quest for a new beginning. As scams swirl and the stakes rise even higher, will Nick’s list help him be a hero—or turn him into a fall guy?
Set among the freedoms and uncertainties of the late ’70s, Charles Benoit’s newest noir masterpiece explores how small steps can lead to an avalanche of consequences as one boy attempts to take charge of his destiny.
A college-bound soccer player who only makes a single mistake. A goth girl who hides her past. A dutiful daughter whose questions go too far. Three teens from different schools and different walks of life have one thing in common:
I know your secret.
A mysterious voice whispering into their phones, controlling their actions and anticipating their reactions. Each one blackmailed into bullying specifically targeted schoolmates. When the three meet in a mandatory anti-bully counseling program, they team up to find the stranger who threatens them—before time runs out and their shattering secrets are revealed…
A chilling thriller.
An unsettling mystery.
A provocative exploration of bullying, culpability, and the cost of keeping secrets.
This wasn’t the way it was supposed to go.
You’re just a kid, a typical 15-year old sophomore, an average guy named Kyle Chase. This can’t be happening to you. But then, how do you explain all the blood? How do you explain how you got here in the first place?
There had to be signs, had to be some clues that it was coming. Did you miss them, or ignore them?
Either way, it makes no difference.
The clock’s ticking, Kyle. What are you going to do now?
In his stunning young adult debut, Charles Benoit mixes riveting tension with an insightful—and unsettling—portrait of an ordinary teen in a tale that is taut, powerful, and shattering.
“I need you to steal something for me.”
Grace always has a plan. There’s her plan to get famous, her plan to get rich, and—above all—her plan to have fun.
Sawyer has plenty of plans, too. Plans made for him by his mother, his father, his girlfriend. Maybe they aren’t his plans, but they are plans.
When Sawyer meets Grace, he wonders if he should come up with a few plans himself. Plans about what he actually wants to be, plans to speak his own mind for a change, plans to maybe help Grace with a little art theft.
Wait a minute—plans to what?
Fall From Grace, a witty and unsettling tale of two high school seniors planning the job of a lifetime.