A Fast and Brutal Wing

Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson

Square Fish

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She leapt, a perfect arc, lithe muscles propelling her through the air, leaving what was human behind, clothes fallen to the ground. She was cat, claws unsheathed, teeth bared. Loving the hunt, the chase, the pounce and the strike, her teeth sinking into flesh, blood spurting in her mouth.
Animal justice: ruthless and swift. And totally satisfying.
In their chaotic, human world, the one thing that held this brother and sister together was their shared private knowledge: their ability to change from human to animal, and back. Their ability to transform.  Or was that a lie to tear them apart?

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Praise for A Fast and Brutal Wing

“This clever, beautifully written tale stretches the boundaries of the imagination. . . . this is a novel that readers will remember long after turning the final page.”—Booklist

“Vaguely reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project, Johnson’s novel explores memory, fear, and imagination. There are no absolute answers in this powerful and disturbing blend of fantasy/mystery/study of mental illness.”—School Library Journal

“On top of excellent characters, the fantasy plot was extremely intriguing. This book was a superb read.”—Voices of Youth Advocates

“. . . mature readers will be drawn into—and chilled by—this suspenseful novel.”—Publishers Weekly

“A memorable read that allows fantasy, mystery, and realistic fiction fans alike to examine the power of love and its connection to vulnerability, loss, and fear.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

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About the Author

Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson

Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson is a vegetarian and a cat lover. She got to unleash her inner carnivore and explore the hidden life of felines with this spine-tingling mystery featuring teens with animal alter egos. She lives with her husband, Stephen, in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. Her first book, The Parallel Universe of Liars, was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, an ALA Booklist Top Ten Books for Youth, and a YALSA Quick Pick.

Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson


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A Fast and Brutal Wing
Kathleen Jeffrie Johnson

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
October 2007
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312371487
ISBN10: 0312371489
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians

Lexile: 720LL
F&P Level A-Z: V
AR Quiz Number: 86561
AR Points: 7


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