Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil

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Description

The daughter of Appalachian snake handlers becomes a ward of the state after her eerie "gift" causes a tragedy that leaves her orphaned.

Bram Stoker Nominee, Speak No Evil named #14 in Ginger Nuts of Horror's Top 100 YA Horror Novels of the Last Decade. "Ultimately this is a novel about real life horror; abuse, overcoming it, and the resilience of Melody Fisher as she slowly, with a lot of help, turns her life around." Ginger Nuts of Horror

"Melody's story is grim, but hope is weaved in throughout ... highly emotional." School Library Journal

Compelling, gripping, and evocative, Speak No Evil is a study in personality development, horror, how support systems for teens can either succeed or fail, and the impact a caring adult can have on a teenager's life." Midwest Book Review

What if every time you told the truth, evil followed?

My name is Melody Fisher. My daddy was a snake handler in Appalachia until Mama died. Though years have passed, I can still hear the rattle before the strike that took her from me.

And it's all my fault.

Since then, I've been passed around from foster home to foster home. I didn't think anything could be as bad as losing Mama.

I was wrong.

But I will not speak of things people have done to me. Every time I do, worse evil follows. Now, the only thing I trust is what saved me years ago.

Back when I would sing the snakes calm ...

WARNING: This book contains situations of violence and sexual abuse/rape which the reader may find disturbing.

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"Expect a paranormal twist, spooky mountain folklore, rattlesnake handling and much soul searching as Melody makes peace with herself--and the trauma she has endured." Girls' Life Magazine

"Gardner's storytelling displays the same sort of sinister charm as she unravels Melody's past to tell the story of her present. Speak No Evil is at once hypnotic, vaguely sinister, and decidedly beautiful, with sharp, poignant prose that handles the heaviest of issues with grace and delicacy." The Nerd Daily

"... a touching tribute to the power of love." IndieReader

Liana Gardner named to the Ginger Nuts of Horror 30 YA Authors You Should Know List

Awards: Nominee for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel, Bram Stoker Awards(R)Silver Medal Winner: Young Adult Fiction, Nautilus Book AwardsBronze Medal Winner in Young Adult Fiction, Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)Gold Medal Winner in Young Adult Fiction -- Mature Issues, Moonbeam Children's Book AwardsGold Medal Winner in New Adult Fiction, NYC Big Book AwardsFinalist in Best Juvenile or Young Adult Fiction, Silver Falchion Award
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Product details

  • Hardback | 314 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 22.86mm | 644g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1944109366
  • 9781944109363

Review quote

"Gardner tackles difficult topics, including bullying and abuse of all types, in a way that is both artistic and respectful. Given these weighty and emotional issues, the book is masterfully written in such a way that it is a pleasure to read." --BookTrib
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About Liana Gardner

Liana Gardner is the multi-award-winning author of 7th Grade Revolution, The Journal of Angela Ashby, and Speak No Evil. The daughter of a rocket scientist and an artist, Liana combines the traits of both into a quirky yet pragmatic writer and in everything sees the story lurking beneath the surface.

Liana volunteers with high school students through EXP (expfuture.org). EXP unites business people and educators to prepare students for a meaningful place in the world of tomorrow. Working in partnership with industry and educators, EXP helps young people EXPerience, EXPand, and EXPlore.

Engaged in a battle against leukemia and lymphoma, Liana spends much of her time at home, but her imagination takes her wherever she wants to go.

Liana is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

www.LianaGardner.com
www.SpeakNoEvilNovel.com
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143 ratings
4.2 out of 5 stars
5 48% (68)
4 30% (43)
3 19% (27)
2 1% (2)
1 2% (3)
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