Winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Children's Literature
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
Winner of the 2004 Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List
When fifteen-year-old Mick Nichols discovers a secret about his stepmother, he comes obsessed with uncovering the truth. But before he can get to the bottom of it, Mick is confronted by a series of strange robberies and a close friend with a dark secret of her own. As he seeks out answers, Mick realizes that all of his problems are zipped up together and he may have to go to drastic lengths to untangle them.
The McNeals spin a wonderfully rich story. "Kirkus Reviews"
A well-honed novel. . . . Readers will be sucked in. "Publishers Weekly"
"From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Laura Rhoton McNeal holds a master s degree in fiction writing from Syracuse University. She taught middle school and high school English before becoming a novelist and journalist. Together, Laura and her husband, Tom McNeal, are the authors of Crooked, winner of the California Book Award for Juvenile Literature and an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults; Zipped, winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Children s Literature; Crushed (called compelling by Publishers Weekly); and The Decoding of Lana Morris, a Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year. The McNeals live in Southern California with their two sons, Sam and Hank. To learn more, please visit the authors Web site at www.mcnealbooks.com.
Tom McNeal was born in Santa Ana, California, where his father and grandfather raised oranges. He spent part of every summer at the Nebraska farm where his mother was born and raised, and after earning a BA in English at UC Berkeley and an MFA in creative writing at UC Irvine, he taught school in the town that was the inspiration for his first novel, Goodnight, Nebraska. Tom has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his short stories have been widely anthologized.