COUNT ALL HER BONES by April Henry

COUNT ALL HER BONES

From the "Girl, Stolen" series, volume 2
Age Range: 12 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The story of Cheyenne and Griffin continues in this sequel to Girl, Stolen (2010).

Six months after her kidnapping, Cheyenne Wilder is preparing for the trial of Roy Sawyer, the man who held her for ransom, dealing with her overprotective parents, and learning self-defense techniques from her new bodyguard. Cheyenne can’t—and won’t—let being blind stop her from becoming stronger. Yet when it comes to Griffin Sawyer, the boy who accidentally kidnapped her but helped her escape, Cheyenne doesn’t feel strong. Griffin is going to testify against his father, Roy, which causes Roy and his half brother, Dwayne, to begin plotting. Through third-person chapters that shift perspectives, readers see how, together with TJ, another accomplice from the first kidnapping, Dwayne sets events in motion to kidnap Cheyenne again. In a pulse-pounding sequence, Cheyenne must find a way to use what she has learned to save herself and Griffin—but when Dwayne threatens more than just the two of them, how can two teenagers, one of them blind, defeat a fully grown man? Providing plenty of background for anyone who did not read the first book, this novel offers action, with a disabled protagonist heading the white cast of characters. Cheyenne’s blindness makes her an out-of-the-ordinary thriller star, particularly when emotions like confusion and self-doubt are shown, helping readers get under her skin. While Dwayne and TJ remain cardboard villains, they still constitute a credible menace.

Readers will be rooting for Cheyenne and Griffin from the edges of their seats. (Thriller. 12-18)

Pub Date: May 2nd, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-62779-591-3
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano/Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2017




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