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Dark Angel

David Klass

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

A taut psychological thriller for teens Seventeen-year-old Jeff thought he would never again have to deal with his older brother, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence. But after six years, Troy’s sentence has been overturned on a technicality and he is released from prison. He returns to a family deeply divided about having him back home. Jeff can’t forget how his life was disrupted by his brother, how his family had to move to another state and start over. Still, his parents believe things will be different now. But Troy’s return makes a mess of Jeff ’s life – at home, at school, and with his girlfriend. When Jeff ’s rival on the soccer field turns up missing, Jeff suspects Troy is involved, and he sets out to prove it. But nothing could prepare Jeff for what happens as he gets closer to the truth.
With unexpected flashes of humor, David Klass once again gives readers a gripping, multilayered novel about good and evil and the powerful bonds of family. Dark Angel is a 2006 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Dark Angel
1On a Saturday evening in late September, a pretty girl in a red bikini ran along the edge of the surf. Behind her, the Seaside Heights amusement pier jutted into the Atlantic. The roller coaster plummeted, and kids' high-pitched screams skittered wildly through the salty air. Joy and fear. We're scared and we love it. Stop! Keep going!A purple sunset bridged sky and sea. The girl was tall and athletic, and she ran in smooth strides that ate up big bites of toasty sand. Her long brown hair trailed behind and seemed to float magically out over the line of surf. Beth was her name, and
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Praise for Dark Angel

"Klass tackles large issues here with varying degrees of subtlety, thoroughness, and success.  A compelling read."  -- Booklist
 
"Sinister and thought-provoking, events and characters unfold in such a way as to ask readers to decide if evil is a genetic thing and therefore inescapable, or is it a choice?"  -- Kirkus Reviews
 
"Engaging."  -- VOYA
 
"Deliciously suspenseful."  -- School Library Journal
 
"A taut and effective work of suspense."  --BCCB
 
"This is a dark, gripping novel."  --Publishers Weekly
 
"Awesome book. . . . Interesting plot and very suspenseful." --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader
 
"It was great!" --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader
"Klass tackles large issues here with varying degrees of subtlety, thoroughness, and success.  A compelling read."  -- Booklist
 
"Sinister and thought-provoking, events and characters unfold in such a way as to ask readers to decide if evil is a genetic thing and therefore inescapable, or is it a choice?"  -- Kirkus Reviews
 
"Engaging."  -- VOYA
 
"Deliciously suspenseful."  -- School Library Journal
 
"A taut and effective work of suspense."  --BCCB
 
"This is a dark, gripping novel."  --Publishers Weekly
 
"Awesome book. . . . Interesting plot and very suspenseful." --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader
 
"It was great!" --A YALSA Teen YA Galley Reader

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • David Klass

  • David Klass is the author of many young adult novels, including Dark Angel and You Don’t Know Me. He is also a Hollywood screenwriter, having written more than twenty-five action screenplays, including Kiss the Girls, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, Walking Tall, starring The Rock, and Desperate Measures, starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia. Klass grew up in a family that loved literature and theater—his parents were both college professors and writers—but he was a reluctant reader, preferring sports to books. But he started loving the adventure stories his parents would bring home from the library—particularly Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson and Alexandre Dumas. After his sister twice won a story contest in Seventeen magazine, Klass decided he would win it too, and when he was a senior in high school, he did, publishing his first story, “Ringtoss,” in the magazine. He studied at Yale University, where he won the Veech Award for Best Imaginative Writing. He taught English in Japan, and wrote his first novel, The Atami Dragons, about that experience. He now lives in New York with his wife and two small children.
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Dark Angel

David Klass

American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List, Missouri Gateway Readers Award Master List, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
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