Friday, July 17, 2009

If the Witness Lied by Caroline Cooney

All the way back to the Emmers' on Thursday, Madison reminds herself that there was a witness to the accident. They know what happened: the witness told them.
Now, Friday morning, in the stuffy dark of the blanket, Madison allows the swollen though to come all the way out.
If Tris would not release the brake... but the brake was released... then somebody else released it.
The witness lied. (24-25)

Jack Fountain has essentially been abandoned by his two sisters after their parents die. Sixteen year old Madison has taken a friend's offer to stay with them for a while. Fourteen year old Smithy applied on her own to a boarding school she located online. So Jack is left alone to deal with his pseudo-"aunt" who is obsessed with being on television and his almost three year old brother Tristan. However, "Aunt" Cheryl's latest idea for fame involves exploiting the tragic circumstances of their parents' death and exposing Tristan to the world. Jack, Madison, and Smithy must come to terms with their own grief while protecting Tristan and learning the real truth of what happened almost a year ago. From the author of The Face on the Milk Carton, Caroline B. Cooney presents If the Witness Lied.


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