Title Profile & Character Information

Shine

Annotation
When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.
Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.
Praise for Shine
Cat eventually uncovers the truth in a cliffhanging climax in which she confronts fear, discovers that love is stronger than hate and truly shines. Raw, realistic and compelling.
Kirkus Reviews
The page-turning mystery and Cat s inspiring trajectory of self-realization will draw readers in and give them plenty to ponder.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books
Dramatic in both content and presentation."
Los Angeles Times
Myracle captures well the regret that many feel for things in their past about which they are ashamed. Cat s reflections on these moments are spot-on.
School Library Journal
AWARD:
WINNER: Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award for young adult fiction
YALSA 2014 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

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GenreJuvenile
Fiction
Mystery
    --Women sleuths
Southern fiction
TopicsSouthern life
Gay men
Homosexuality
Mysteries
Hate crimes
Friendship
Bullies
Homeless
Rape