A Sudden Silence

A Sudden Silence

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"Will capture teens with its brisk pacing and crisply sketched characters."
Jesse Harmon remembers the car speeding toward his brother Bry and himself in the night. He remembers screaming to his brother to get out of the way. But his brother was deaf and couldn't hear Jesse shout. The driver killed his brother and sped away. Now Jesse is filled with grief and guilt. And he and Bry's girlfriend Chloe, are determined to find the hit-and-run driver. But as they search, they begin to fall in love. Feeling even more guilty, Jesse is anxious to put his guilt and the senselessness of Bry's death to rest. But he doesn't count on the new problems finding the driver will bring....
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Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 114 x 178 x 10.41mm | 90.72g
  • United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0152058680
  • 9780152058685
  • 2,240,178

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"The novel's anti-alcohol message is unmistakable, but it doesn't overwhelm the plot, which will capture teens with its brisk pacing and crisply sketched characters. A particularly good choice for reluctant readers." - Booklist"
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About Eve Bunting

Eve Bunting is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including the Caldecott winning Smoky Night. Her numerous honours include the prestigious Kerlan Award.
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164 ratings
3.49 out of 5 stars
5 25% (41)
4 22% (36)
3 34% (56)
2 15% (25)
1 4% (6)

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"What If" Bry and Jesse had taken the proper way home after the party? "What If" they'd only have stayed on the correct side of the road until they reached the underpass? Instead, Bry sees a clearing in the traffic near their development and runs across the road. Shortly after that, a speeding car comes from behind, catching them unawares. Jesse yells out to Bry to get out the way. But Bry is deaf and never heard the warning, nor probably ever knew the car hit him. Until it was too late. Jesse is full of regrets from the moment he darted out of the way without grabbing his brother and pulling him to safety. But no one has blamed Jesse that it was his fault. Instead, Jesse is determined to do everything he can to find the driver who so carelessly hit Bry and then drove off into the night without helping. A SUDDEN SILENCE has been reissued after twenty years. The story is still as relevant today as it was in 1988 when it was first published. Ms. Bunting writes a sad story of one brother's quest to find justice for his younger brother who was killed too soon. Jesse is a normal teenager who has to deal with survivor's guilt, as well as the not-knowing of who killed his brother. With the help of Bry's friend, Chloe, Jesse puts the pieces together to help the police solve the crime. In the end, though, Ms. Bunting makes the reader realize that the conclusions we come to may not make it any easier for everyone involved. This story is a must-read for teens thinking about drinking and driving. Many fail to realize that the dangers may not always be to the drunk driver, but instead to the innocent people who had nothing to do with the alcohol.show more
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