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The Impossible Knife of Memory by [Anderson, Laurie Halse]
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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 9 Up—Witty, sarcastic Hayley Kincain begins her official high school career as a senior when she and her father, Andy, move into his boyhood home. The duo had been traveling the country in an 18-wheeler for the past five years while Andy tried to outrun the demons that were chasing him. Captain Andy Kincain served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan before being hurt in battle and suffering from PTSD. Hayley has assumed the role of caretaker, both on the road and now that they are back home, as she tries to keep Andy's depression and drug and alcohol use a secret. She doesn't want to get close to anyone and doesn't want to ponder what her life was like before the pair went on the road. Then she meets Finn, a good-looking and slightly nerdy boy who charms his way into her life. He has a secret—one as big as Hayley's—and helps her to realize that she may have more options and possibilities than she realizes. This story is as much Andy's as it is Hayley's, and narrators Julia Whelan and Luke Daniels bring the characters to life. Anderson's intense story of suspense and hope will resonate with listeners.—Amanda Rollins, Northwest Village School, Plainville, CT

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*Starred Review* There’s a compelling theme running through Anderson’s powerful, timely novel, and it’s this: The difference between forgetting something and not remembering is big enough to drive an eighteen-wheeler through. Hayley Kincaid won’t allow herself to remember the happy times in her life, and why should she? After five years on the road with her trucker father, Andy, the two are finally staying put in her grandmother’s old house in upstate New York. But military tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan have left Andy racked by nightmares of gunfire and roadside bombs, and alcohol and drugs are his means of coping. Short, gripping chapters presented in italics appear on occasion and are told from Andy’s point-of-view as the war rages around him. As her father’s PTSD grows worse, and the past is ever present, 17-year-old Hayley assumes the role of parent. But there’s a good part of her life, too: Finn. He’s got dreams for his future, and, as Hayley lets him in to her own scary reality, she tentatively begins to imagine a future of her own. Unfortunately—or fortunately—memories have a way of catching up, and as each hits, it cuts away at Hayley’s protective bubble like a knife. This is challenging material, but in Anderson’s skilled hands, readers will find a light shining on the shadowy reality of living with someone who has lived through war—and who is still at war with himself. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A major marketing campaign, including a national author tour, backs up this latest from multiple-award-winning Anderson. Grades 9-12. --Ann Kelley

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  • File Size: 1588 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0147510724
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (January 7, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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