By Susan Beth Pfeffer
“Willa’s frankly portrayed grief, confusion, and uncertainties can have a powerful impression on readers.” –Publishers Weekly, starred evaluation Sixteen-year-old Willa is lucky to have a cheerful mixed family members. yet a frantic mobile name from Pryor, Texas, shatters the calm. Willa’s delivery father has murdered his moment spouse and daughters . . . and the police imagine he’s on his manner east to seek down Willa and her mom. As this annoying tragedy necessarily exposes family members secrets and techniques to Willa and her neighborhood, she struggles along with her personal harmful mystery
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Jack read to you at night and chased away your nightmares and cried at your middle-school graduation. " "I love Jack," I said. "You know I do. " Mom said. " "I do have another question," I said. "Do I look like Budge? " "Yes, you do," Mom said. "You have his mouth. " Six I WOKE UP EARLY the next morning, peeked into the living room area, and saw Mom sleeping on the sofa. She hadn't even opened the mattress, just stretched out on the sofa and slept there instead. There was no way of knowing when she'd fallen asleep.
They showed a police officer then, saying, "We can confirm the deaths of Crystal Danielle Coffey, age twenty-five, her daughters Kelli Marie, age six, and Kadi Coffey, age four. " They cut then to a picture of Dwayne Budge-Not-Daddy Coffey. The man with my mouth, my eyes. It was some kind of ID picture, but not a mug shot. Not a great picture, but you could see what he looked like, if not who he was. Mom had been right. I did look like him. The shape of our faces, the way our mouths turned down so we always look sad even when we aren't.
There're another three in my bedroom. Willa, would you like a red sweater? Or two? " This was a ritual we had. Brooke always asked me first if I wanted what she was discarding. And I always said no, since I was uncomfortable taking things that her mother had paid for. " Brooke asked. "Could I interest you in a red sweater or two? " "No, thanks," Alyssa said. " "I'll give mine to the St. James rummage sale, then," Brooke said. " The St. James rummage sale has made a fortune from Brooke's donations over the years.
Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer
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