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Author
Laurie Halse Anderson.
Publisher Speak  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
ISBN 9780142400012
Pages/Publication Date 233/2002
Daedalus Item Code 33039
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Twice a finalist for the National Book Award—for the Scott O'Dell Award–winner Chains and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Speak—Laurie Halse Anderson sets this 2002 young adult novel in the same high school featured in Speak. Straight-A science student, ace long-distance runner, minister's daughter, and reluctant family caretaker Kate Malone deals with her life by managing it, making everything as orderly as the periodic chemical table she knows so well. But a series of calamitous events, including a rejection letter from MIT, and having to share her room with her childhood bully Teri Litch after her family was left homeless by a house fire, may be the catalyst that will shatter the ordered world Kate has created in the years since her mother's death.

"High school senior Kate Malone has spent half her life running—her favorite sport as well as a metaphor for the defining obsession in her life. Her mother died of pneumonia nine years ago, and since then Kate has devoted herself to running literally and figuratively from facing that devastating loss. She is good at everything she undertakes—her grades, her part-time job, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the way she runs her household. Her minister father remains fairly oblivious to Kate's burdens as well as her use of them to shield herself from confronting her emotions. The meaningful title evokes the chemical images so beloved by Kate's scientific mind as well as the major events that cause her reaction to the reality she has created. Good Kate and inner Bad Kate try to hold together in the face of being rejected by the only college she's applied to—her mother's alma mater—and the tragic developments affecting her neighbor and childhood nemesis, Teri Litch."—School Library Journal

 
 
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