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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374317526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374317522
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,055,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 10 Up-Grace, JJ, and Mick have had difficult lives. JJ had to move in with her alcoholic aunt and dope-selling uncle when her mom died. Mick and his father, a thief, are hiding out. And Grace has been sexually abused by her brothers. They all wind up in the tiny town of Portage, Montana, where they hope to restart their shattered lives. But when the teens find the body of a young woman in the river, they become entangled in Portage's seedy underbelly. Out of fear, they flee. While on the run, Grace decides she'll make money by prostituting herself, and JJ and Mick try their hardest to stop her. They eventually drag her back to Portage in the hope that progress has been made in the girl's murder investigation. Instead Mick becomes the prime suspect, Grace is wanted for questioning, and JJ, as usual, goes unnoticed. In a series of ridiculous scenarios, Grace is kidnapped by the people covering up the girl's murder and her friends save her by cooperating with the police. The unimaginative plot ties up too neatly and jumps all over the place. The town of Portage, where runaways and drifters are bought and sold like cattle and dragged into corruption, is far-fetched and unbelievable. Even the solution to the mystery surrounding the dead girl's murderer is anticlimactic.-Lauren Newman, Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School, East Columbus, NJα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Grace, Mick, and JJ are all disenfranchised teens who wind up together in a seedy trailer park in Portage, Montana. Grace, a runaway, and JJ, an orphan, live with JJ’s alcoholic aunt, druggie uncle, and wild, violent nephew, while Mick is hiding out with his thieving dad. All want a new start and solid identity in this corrupt, opportunistic town, yet they become enmeshed in its surreptitious violence, gambling, and prostitution when they discover a woman’s body in a river outside of town. The novel reads like a made-for-TV movie. All three teens are likable, wily, and yet surprisingly naive. Most of the adults are deeply flawed, the villains larger-than-life, and the compassionate and honest few and far between. Each scene brings a new twist that is somewhat predictable but no less heart-stopping. In spite of its abrupt, rather pat ending, this is an unusual and riveting page-turner that will enthrall murder mystery buffs, romantics, jocks, and realistic fiction fans alike. Grades 8-12. --Frances Bradburn

More About the Author

Charlie Price__
Raised in Colorado and Montana, Charlie graduated from Stanford in the late 60's and has lived in Italy, New York City, Oakland, and Mexico before settling in Northern California. From street schools in Bedford-Stuyvesant, to locked psychiatric units, to Academic Dean in a therapeutic boarding school, he has worked with adolescents and adults in trouble since the early seventies. Currently he consults and coaches for public and private agencies.

His fifth book, Dead Girl Moon, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, comes out October 25th. Dead Connection and Desert Angel have also been bought by Random House, London, UK, and will be translated for world distribution. Thierry Magnier, Paris, has published all four books in French translation.

Charlie has been delightfully married for the past thirty years and, in spite of abundant flaws, he's a decent guitar player, fly-fisherman, and free throw shooter. He currently lives on a river in Northern California.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cmvaldes on January 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
While this book is a well-written story with a lot of potential, there's just so much about it I didn't like. It calls for such a huge suspension of disbelief that I couldn't hardly get past the beginning. The book opens with Grace who is being sexually abused by her older brothers so she runs away AFTER a five page dialogue about how she can't leave her little sister to the same fate. Her decision to do exactly that is never explained and made it so I didn't like her almost immediately. I was also unable to connect with the other two main characters. We're introduced to JJ and Mick as Grace finds a "safe" town. Unfortunately the reader is again asked to disregard common knowledge and believe what the author says - that a child would be placed in a foster home and given a job without any identifying documents. Just not gonna happen folks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary O. Paddock on December 27, 2012
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"Dead Girl Moon" is not a tale about overcoming so much as it is about finding one's way through, about surviving, and choices.

The book is peopled with well-drawn characters and an intense, complicated plot. Grace, age seventeen, flees a hellish home-life, changes her name, and sets about recreating herself. She has good reasons for believing that the only person she can trust is Grace and while she is not always easy to like, she is easy to sympathize with. A series of events leads her to a small town in Montana and to a squalid little trailer house where she meets JJ, a teenage girl living with her drunken aunt, pot-dealing uncle, and their disturbed young son. Though she's been given few reasons to be, JJ, an aspiring athlete, is decent, kind, and remarkably loyal. Just across the compound lives Mick, who's just moved for the sixth time in a single year because his father can't stop "finding" things that belong to other people. Like kids in circumstances like this sometimes do, Mick has reacted to his father's lack of principles by setting a higher standard for himself. Mick, starved for normalcy and stability, has only two wishes on his list--to play high school football and for Grace to notice him. The adults in their lives seem to be made up of two different but self-absorbed camps--there are those in positions of authority whose agenda is suspect at best and those who live on the wrong side of the law and only briefly emerge as interested in the welfare of the teens.

The three are thrown together as much by circumstance as by mutual affection. Theirs is a tenuous relationship, often marred by distrust and fear, but they cling to one another (or are forced to stay, in Grace's case) because there really seems to be no other viable option.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Johnson VINE VOICE on December 25, 2012
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Charlie Price's newest centers around three teens. Grace is a pretty girl who has escaped from a nightmare household with her own predatory instincts. Mick lives with his criminal father, enduring a life without roots as his father moves them around to avoid arrest. JJ is a young woman who lives in squalor with her uncle and aunt; she's a gifted athlete who escapes from her dismal reality through dreams of the moon.

The three become friends, and discover a body while on an outing. The discovery soon dislodges them from what little stability they have, and they seek to solve the murder while avoiding arrest or worse, all while dealing with the tensions of an incomplete love triangle.

Charlie Price again leads the reader into a world of young people in desperate circumstances. There are no cheap Hollywood moments in Dead Girl Moon. As in previous offerings, Mr. Price paints a world where young people cling to hope despite surviving in bleak circumstances, and he paints that world well.
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