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In the Middle of the Night
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Sixteen-year-old Denny Colbert just wants to be like other kids his age, but his family is constantly moving and he’s always the new kid in town. His parents won’t allow him to have a driver’s license or answer the phone. Around the same time every year, his father picks up the phone, and listens passively to an angry voice for several minutes—all because of a tragic accident that Denny’s father was involved in, but not responsible for, years ago. When Denny defies his parents and answers the telephone, he is drawn into a plot for revenge with the unstable mystery caller.
AWARDS AND HONORS
1996 ALA Best Books for Young Adults
1997 Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List
1996 ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Reluctant Readers
REVIEWS
“Convincingly and enticingly complex.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“One of the eeriest of Cormier's thrillers, this account of vengeance and obsession provides the brand of suspense that has earned him so many fans.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Spectacular … unnerving and piercingly honest … it doesn’t end at the end.”—The New York Times Book Review
“From the very first page, readers will be caught up in the story.” —Booklist
“Superbly written, with characters well developed and a tight, fast-moving plot … A must read.” —VOYA
“An intense and powerful exploration of the burdens of accusation and guilt.” —The Horn Book
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