Alex Flinn Fade to Black

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Fade to Black

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What really happened?

The facts: On Monday, October 27, at 6:00 a.m., Alex Crusan, an HIV-positive student, was stopped on East Main by an attacker, who shattered the windows of his car with a baseball bat.

Clinton: Sure, he was riding his bike on East Main that morning. And sure, he had his problems with Alex. He might even have harassed him at school. But he’d never do something like this.

Daria: Daria never lies. So if she told the police she saw Clinton do it, she must have. Or did she?

Alex: The light was in his eyes, and he was under the steering wheel, so he didn’t see his attacker that well. But he saw something, and now he must decide how much to tell.

Accused, witness, victim. Three people, one truth. Which one will tell it?

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About the Author:

Alex Flinn is a former attorney whose fascination with witness reliability and bias led her to write Fade to Black. Alex is the author of three previous books, Breathing Underwater, an American Library Association Top-10 Best Book for Young Adults, Breaking Point, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, and Nothing to Lose, a Booklist Top-10 Youth Mystery.

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Gr. 7-10. Flinn, author of Breathing Underwater (2001) and Nothing to Lose (2004), takes aim at bullying once again. This time HIV-positive Alejandro Crusan, a Florida high-school junior, is the target. After being attacked in his car by a baseball bat-wielding teenager, Alex is hospitalized while recovering from his injuries. Clinton Cole, prejudiced and afraid of catching AIDS, hates Alex and is responsible for tormenting him on several previous occasions. Now he claims he's innocent. However, Daria, a teen with Down syndrome, saw Clinton at the scene of the attack; she also witnessed one of the earlier assaults. The teens alternate telling their stories and sharing their secrets, as Alex struggles with the truth about the attack and about the origin of his HIV-positive status. Daria's narration unfolds in free verse, a form that effectively shows both her halting, repetitive speech and the disparity between her inner thoughts and her ability to communicate them. Teens will enjoy ferreting out the reality from the conflicting narratives and arguing about the sensitive issues raised along the way. Cindy Dobrez
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