Publication Date: October 7, 2014
receiving a full-ride scholarship to Mills College for Girls, it appears
Sarah's future is all laid out before her ... that is until she walks into a
poetry class led by Mr. Haddings, a student teacher from the nearby University
of Washington. Suddenly, life on the UW campus seems very appealing, and Sarah
finds herself using her poetry journal to subtly declare her feelings for
Mr. Haddings is flirting back, she sets off for school in the rain with a poem
in her back pocket---one that will declare her feelings once and for all.
has noticed Sarah's attention; the fallout from any perceived relationship with
a student is too great a risk, and he has decided to end all speculation that
morning. But everything changes when Mr. Haddings feels a thud on his front
bumper when he glances away from the road, and finds Sarah in the street with
blood pooling beneath her.
I flit my eyes up and slam the brakes, fishtailing to a stop on the roadside. My cup lid pops off, and hot coffee splashes across my jeans. When I curse and jerk, the cup tips completely.Over the song “Another Brick in the Wall,” I hear someone screaming. I swipe at my wet pants. “What did I hit?” I whisper. “Not a person …” Looking over my shoulder, I see what could be a body on the edge of the road, maybe twenty-five yards back, and my stomach floats. It’s too dark to be sure.My foot hovers above the accelerator, while the engine growls to fly. Go! Stay! Go!The screaming’s louder. “My friend’s been hit! Help! Someone help!”
Lorie Ann Grover is an awarded YA novelist whose work includes Kirkus Prize Nominee Firstborn. As a literacy advocate, she co-founded readergirlz and readertotz. Living in the foothills of Mt. Rainier, Lorie Ann practices weapons tai chi and is currently working on her next young adult novel.