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Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Doug Wilhelm

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)



Everyone expected fifteen-year-old Matt Shaw to be Jeffords Junior High's star basketball player. But Matt never went out for the team. He won't even touch a ball anymore, and he hardly talks to anyone. No one understands why he's changed, but Matt knows that it's his "golden child" older brother who's really been doing all the changing. Matt can't imagine what would happen to his family if word got out about Neal's drug habit and the strung-out strangers he's seen coming and going from the house when their parents aren't home. Matt can't tell anyone what he knows – not his parents, not the police detective who refuses to leave him alone, not even Katie, the one girl he's ever really had feelings for. But even Matt has to wonder eventually if he's holding on to someone he may already have lost.

With his unparalleled ear for teen dialogue and emotions, Doug Wilhelm's new novel is a captivating look at falling apart, falling in love, and all the falling in between.


The first place he wasn't going to anymore, after school, was home. Instead he put on his headphones and he walked.
It was finally getting better to be out here walking. It was finally spring. Well, more or less. You didn't...

Praise for Falling

“Gets exactly right the way many teens talk and what they care about. The addiction scenes are stark, and the story holds surprises to the end.” —Booklist

“Will have teens turning the pages.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Should appeal to boy and girl readers.” —VOYA


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Doug Wilhelm

Doug Wilhelm is the author of The Revealers and Falling. Born in Oregon and raised in suburban New Jersey, he studied English at Kenyon College in Ohio, then worked as a newspaper reporter. He spent two years as a freelance writer, editor, and teacher of English in Nepal. He has been a journalist for The Boston Globe and once wrote the words for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream containers. His first young adult book was an entry in the Choose Your Own Adventure series. He found he loved writing for young adults, and he’s been doing it ever since.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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