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Down with the Shine by [Quinn, Kate Karyus]
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Length: 368 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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Gr 9 Up—Lennie, daughter of the notorious Leonard Cash, aka The Bad Daddy Bandit, is a fierce character in her own right. When the most popular girl at school, Michaela, holds her annual Labor Day party, not only does Lennie show up uninvited but she brings four mason jars full of her uncles' infamous bathtub moonshine. And with the shine, she also brings the family tradition of making a wish on the first drink. What Lennie doesn't know is that she has inherited the family gift of granting wishes. As the evening wears on, the wishes become increasingly outlandish, resulting in terrifying chaos. Quinn, author of Another Little Piece (HarperCollins, 2013), has written another darkly intelligent novel for readers who prefer flawed heroines and ambiguous endings that aren't tied up in a pretty little "they all lived happily ever after" bow. Graphic descriptions of violence and savagery are not for the faint of heart but will be thoroughly enjoyed by those who like a dark and twisty tale. VERDICT A smartly written and engaging addition for YA collections.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK

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“Vividly imagined and hard to put down. You’ll think twice about what you wish for.” (Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink)

“Sharp, funny, and amiable, Lennie’s narration feels a lot like a modern-day Scout’s. Contemporary fiction with a touch of magic and a hint of horror, Quinn’s latest defies traditional labels and offers readers a different sort of fictitious escape.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Successfully blends thriller and fantasy elements for a high-stakes, careful-what-you-wish-for story. A unique, often clever take on family legacies and high school desires with wide appeal.” (ALA Booklist)

“A darkly intelligent novel for readers who prefer flawed heroines and ambiguous endings that aren’t tied up in a pretty little ‘they all lived happily ever after’ bow.” (School Library Journal)

“Quinn’s previous titles have involved dark, labyrinthine plots, but here she moves into black humor, doing so with revelry and aplomb.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

PRAISE FOR KATE KARYUS QUINN: “Quinn is a gifted writer. Understanding the rules of Gardnerville is like deciphering an intricate puzzle or being locked in a dream.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A distinctive, supernatural read.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Quinn’s newest mystery is a complicated thriller with lots of twists, turns, and a large dose of fantasy.” (ALA Booklist)

“Fans of Nova Ren Suma’s Imaginary Girls (Dutton, 2011) will enjoy this dark and magical surrealism.” (School Library Journal)

“Quinn blends eloquent prose and startling imagery to create a truly creepy small town. Will find an audience among fans of Brenna Yovanoff (The Replacement) and Dia Reeves (Bleeding Violet).” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“A gripping ride. Quinn skillfully occupies the mind of a young woman who turns out to be a monster—yet one who’s not beyond redemption.” (Horn Book Magazine)

“Stunning in its raw emotion. A taut, terrifying supernatural thriller.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

Product details

  • File Size: 2307 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (April 26, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 26, 2016
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B013CANCLI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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