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Dark Angel Hardcover – August 26, 2004

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Grade 9 Up–Seventeen-year-old Jeff Hastings is a good kid. He plays soccer, has nice friends, and does fairly well at his New Jersey shore high school. He has a sweet, beautiful girlfriend, Beth. The church-going Hastings look like a perfect family. However, they have a dark secret–they have another son, who is a murderer. Jeff is terrified when Troy is released from prison and horrified when his parents decide to take him in. Jeff's girlfriend leaves him, and his friends soon follow. When Jeff's teammate disappears, Troy is assumed guilty. The witch-hunt that follows ruins what's left of the teen's former life. Troy is a masterfully drawn wolf in sheep's clothing. Klass's spot-on use of ex-con stereotypes makes him extra smarmy–falsely pious, muscle-bound, and in love with the sound of his fancy new vocabulary. Jeff's frustration at his manipulation of their parents is palpable, as is his fury as his life unravels. He despises and fears Troy throughout the novel, so his loyalty at its climax seems odd, and mildly sentimental. The plot builds ferociously in tandem with Jeff's suffocating conflict and burgeoning courage. The deliciously suspenseful mood, sheltered setting, and flawed but sympathetic narrator compare to those in Kate Morgenroth's Jude (S & S, 2004). Klass's clean, direct prose is a departure from the pained, hilarious narration of You Don't Know Me (Farrar, 2001) but the sober style suits the gravity of the story. Recommend this fast-paced, thoughtful story to older reluctant readers, especially boys.–Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library
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Gr. 8-11. Seventeen-year-old Jeff lives with his parents in a small New Jersey town, living a regular life despite his family's great secret. No one there knows that Jeff has an older brother serving a life sentence for premeditated murder. When that sentence is reversed on technicalities just five-and-a-half years in, the carefully kept family secret is released from prison and brought home to begin a new life--one that marks the end of Jeff's normal teen years. Despite outward appearances, despite his parents' great faith in their God and the essential goodness of all human beings, Jeff is certain something is fundamentally wrong with his brother. Klass tackles large issues here with varying degrees of subtlety, thoroughness, and success: unconditional love, religious faith, scientific theories of human behavior, family bonds, friendship, prejudice, fear, and the very essences of good and evil. Though readers may find the ex-convict overblown and many supporting characters little more than markers for message delivery, Jeff is both interesting and sympathetic. Holly Koelling
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (October 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374399506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374399504
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,425,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Jeff, 17 dreads the day his 21-year-old brother Troy is returning home. Troy served 5 years in a New York State penitentiary for murdering a classmate. Troy's infamy and history of violent, erratic behavior acted as a toxic substance in the family and Jeff suffered fallout from his brother's bad reputation.

Troy's homecoming is somewhat anticlimactic. Their father's friend, Walter Smith hires Troy as a bag clerk at his grocery store. A genuinely kind and fair man, Smith believes in giving people chances and, in an amazing show of faith allows Troy access to the cash registers. Smith's son, nicknamed "Smitty," is much like his father - a big, gentle boy, he cries over the plight of loggerhead turtles, dolphins, fish and other marine life. He has a heart as big as he is.

Jeff has a lot to contend with. After years of keeping Troy a secret, he reluctantly disclosed Troy's existence and the family secret to his girlfriend, Beth. This results in her father forcing her to break up with Jeff. Jeff's English teacher, a brilliant man whose scientific career was derailed by an insensitive professor encourages his pupils to ponder philosophical issues. A progressive man, he insists his pupils shoot for the stars. It is plain he cares a lot about his pupils.

Jeff and his classmates play an especially cruel prank on a vulnerable student who never forgives them. Once the cat is out of the bag, the boy who'd been tricked attacked the prankster, which resulted in an act of violence. Jeff, too is targeted for violence when his teammates beat him in the shower after another classmate goes missing after a run-in with Troy.

Troy, meanwhile is noxious gas in the family.
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Format: Paperback
wow. i read the reviews and summaries and thought: 'creepy'. To hear whats it like to have a convict in your own home-especially when it is a family member-sounded interesting.
Troy is a convict that just got out of jail. when our star character (Jeff)'s older brother Troy moves in with the family, he wants nothing to do with him. Jeff puts a new lock on his bedroom door but locks are not enough to keep Troy out. when one of Jeff's teammates that he was having problems with goes missing, he thinks Troy did it. Troy does show that he is capable of fighting when he starts a fight with the teammate that goes missing later.
the book does not give us clear answers to the mysteries. i believe there is no hope for a sequel. the ending kinda sealed the deal. i found myself still thinking about Troy and his creepy personality days after i gave the book back to the library.
if you like creepy, unorthodox books, read this one. you can pick it up in a library easily.
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Format: Paperback
Jeff's small town life has been just about perfect. He's on the soccer team, he has a girlfriend, and he has best friends to spend time with. And no one knows about his brother.

Then his brother is released from prison on a technicality and comes home. His parents are thrilled to have Troy home, but Jeff is skeptical. He has seen the darkness in Troy's eyes and isn't sure he can be trusted. When the captain of the soccer team disappears, the police are not sure whether his disappearance is drug-related or something that can be blamed on Troy.

This was a quick read - I finished this book in less than three hours. I appreciated the character of the science teacher in this story, and it was interesting to watch the relationship between the two brothers, as well as the differences that Troy's appearance makes in Jeff's life. Not necessarily a book I will add to my personal collection, but a good library book nonetheless.
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"The links between brain chemistry and behavior reveal problems facing research in social and political science if the life sciences are ignored. An estimated 11 million American children take Ritalin and many others exhibit ADD, ADHD, or other learning disabilities. Over 83 million Americans take Prozac, Zoloft and other medications for depression or other psychological conditions, including seasonal affective disorder and sexual addiction. More directly related to politics, environmental toxins such as lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, or manganese can damage the brain and increase risks of criminal violence and other behavioral problems. These empirical observations are relevant to public policies in education, criminal justice, or health care, and indicate the need to reconsider theories of human and social political behavior. To do so, however, is impossible without a detailed knowledge of human biology."

--BIOLOGY AND POLITICS: Linking Nature and Nurture by R. D. Masters, Department of Government, Dartmouth College.

"My parents went to get Troy in our SUV. It was a Saturday and they left early in the morning. It would take them till about noon to make it to the prison, and I figured they would be home with Troy before nightfall.

"I didn't go. I didn't need to make an excuse or offer an explanation--I just said that I wasn't going, and they didn't press me.

"I figured I would see him soon enough.

From our front porch, I watched my parents walk across our front lawn toward our blue SUV. My mom was all decked out for the reunion in a yellow dress, pumps, and carefully applied makeup. I wondered if while she had been applying her eyeliner and lipstick, she had been conscious of the fact that she was on her way to a state penitentiary.
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