Breath to Breath

Breath to Breath

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William is seventeen when he's uprooted from his home and sent to live with his estranged father--someone he hasn't seen since he was a little kid. When he's unexpectedly dragged into a situation where he has no choice but to help an abused four-year-old boy, William's world is rocked to the core as he discovers the truth of the boy's experience of extreme sexual abuse. He and this boy are connected in ways William can't even imagine. As horrible memories begin to flood his consciousness, William's rage drives him to steal a neighbor's guns, convinced he must stop those responsible for causing a boy so much pain and betrayal. How William finds the love and compassion he needs to make the right choices is the heart and pulse of this riveting verse novel. Inspired by a true story, Breath To Breath explores what hurt and healing really mean: to survive you hold your breath, but to live you must exhale.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 140 x 203 x 33.02mm | 742g
  • CA, United States
  • English
  • 1939775086
  • 9781939775085

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2015 HONORABLE Mention for Young Adult Fiction --INDIEFAB Award, Foreword Reviews "Seductive. Enthralling. Earth-shattering. Carve out some time because you won't want to put this one down." --Ellen Hopkins, bestselling author of the CRANK TRILOGY "Written in short, impactful poetic prose, this is a gut-wrenching novel that manages to be dark and hopeful. It is a suspenseful mystery with a revelation that is unexpectedly sad and heartbreaking. VERDICT A tough choice for sensitive readers, this is recommended for older, mature teens." --Tamela Chambers (Chicago Public Schools), School Library Journal "From the haunting, disturbing opening, all the way to the riveting climax, Lew delivers a tale of a boy on the brink of both discovery and destruction, whose poetic voice shines forth from inner darkness." --Foreword Reviews "Craig Lew did a brilliant job on writing about a horrible reality." --Nadia Caballero, San Francisco Book Review "Intense, visceral, raw, and healing, this novel, simply put, is about a survivor, but, also, about the choices one makes to move past survival into fully embracing life, with all its ugliness and beauty, which oftentimes live side by side." --Cleaver Magazine "Lew creates a story that reads like prose, but makes the reader feel the poetry inside. He grabs the reader with insightful line breaks, word choice, and style that are easy to appreciate without consciously thinking about them while reading. I loved how Lew was also able to use the different poem breaks to create strong pacing. You won't want to put it down once you start." --A.R. Braithwaite, Folded Pages Distillery "(Breath to Breath) was hard to put down. A truly gripping and troubling story in a good way...." --Dr. Stan Steiner, "The Bookman" "The climax of the novel achieves that perfect balance of believability and unpredictability. Whether or not those events actually happened to William, this is a gripping story that the reader will not forget easily." --The Pirate Tree, Social Justice and Children's Literature "It's hard to read descriptions of a childhood crushed between lust and greed, but author Craig Lew doesn't leave readers in that dark alley; he gives us a flashlight so that we watch William, powered by love and compassion, begin to make his way out of the darkness." --Terri Farley, author of Seven Tears Into the Sea and "The Phantom Stallion" series. "Breath to Breath is dark, powerful, and full of hope. I can't stop thinking about it." --Carol Lynch Williams, award-winning author of The Haven and The Chosen One. "This is a powerful story of brutality repressed and denied, of mystery and tragedy turned into redemption. Craig Lew's writing is brilliant, easy to read, and very literary.?" --Gloria Skurzynski, award-winning author of Virtual War, The Clones, and The Revolt.
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About Craig Lew

Craig Lew was born in Fresno, California, and is a fourth-generation Chinese American. As a producer, director, and screenwriter of horror and dark comedy movies, he believes that in any story the best hero is the one who seeks love. Writing his debut YA novel in free verse, Craig said, "When you write about the dark subject of child abuse while weaving a message of healing and forgiveness, you can't help but find more room in your own heart for compassion."
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