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Cuts Like a Knife
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Cuts Like a Knife
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Daniel has been crazy about Mac from the moment she transferred to his school. She's smart, funny, loyal and fiercely independent. The only problem is, when life gets too hard for Mac, she runs away. But she always comes back.

Except now Mac's grandmother is dead, their house is about to be torn down and she's been humiliated in front of the entire school. When Daniel finds out Mac has been saying goodbye to her friends, he realizes she's planning on leaving for good. Getting more and more desperate as he searches the city, Daniel finds an unexpected and unlikely ally. But can he find Mac before he loses her forever?
Daniel has been crazy about Mac from the moment she transferred to his school. She's smart, funny, loyal and fiercely independent. The only problem is, when life gets too hard for Mac, she runs away. But she always comes back.

Except now Mac's grandmother is dead, their house is about to be torn down and she's been humiliated in front of the entire school. When Daniel finds out Mac has been saying goodbye to her friends, he realizes she's planning on leaving for good. Getting more and more desperate as he searches the city, Daniel finds an unexpected and unlikely ally. But can he find Mac before he loses her forever?
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  • ATOS:
    4.6
  • Lexile:
    750
  • Interest Level:
    UG
  • Text Difficulty:
    3 - 4

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About the Author-
  • Darlene Ryan has been writing for as long as she can remember and was the 2006 poet recipient of the Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Early Childhood Literacy Award. As Sofie Kelly, she writes the best-selling Magical Cats mysteries. She lives with her family in Fredericton, New Brunswick. For more information, visit www.darleneryan.com.

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  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2012

    Gr 8 Up-In Cuts, Daniel is infatuated with Mac, a beautiful but troubled musician with a reputation for running away from her problems. The recent death of her grandmother has her friends, including Daniel, on alert. On the eve of the destruction of her grandmother's house, she comes on to him. When he wakes, Mac has gone, leaving nothing but a trail of gifts to her friends and music teacher. While the book is certainly aimed at struggling readers, Ryan's foreshadowing of Mac's suicide attempt is subtle enough to satisfy sophisticated readers, and the references to music studies may make this story appealing to musicians. In Riot Act, 17-year-old Daniel (not the same one as in Cuts) and his friend head down to the city center to watch a sporting event on a big screen. The boys sneak in bottles of alcohol, and Nick drinks too much. After the home team loses, things get out of control quickly and rumors of a riot become a reality. The night takes a serious turn when Daniel meets Abbi, the granddaughter of the owner of the pizzeria that he breaks into while running away from the cops. Through Daniel's observations, Tullson describes the events without judgment, leaving lots of room for teens to assess the situation-and Daniel's actions-for themselves. She includes the harsh reality of the aftermath: the hate mail, the cyberbullying, and threats on the lives of the rioters. In the end, Daniel takes responsibility for his actions and, by doing so, wins the girl. Based on the Stanley Cup Riots in Vancouver, this fast-paced, slim novel is a disturbing but ultimately satisfying story that will surely spark discussion. Both books have short chapters and ample white space. Solid additions to hi/lo collections.Alison O'Reilly, Cutchogue New Suffolk Free Library, Cutchogue, NY

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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