Blood on My Hands
by Strasser, Todd

At a high school party, a girl finds her best friend murdered, only to be discovered holding the weapon and accused of the crime.

Todd Strasser is the author of such popular and diverse titles as the middle-grade series,Help, I'm Trapped..., The Wave, and the contemporary YAs, Give a Boy a Gun andBoot Camp. His books vary widely from one another, but they all share two things - humor and loyal fans. Todd lives just outside New York City.

Callie has a history of violence in her home, a volatile and public feud with queen-bee Katherine Reminigton-Day, and a bloody knife in her hand. On the first page, Katherine lies dead at Callie's feet. What follows is a Fugitive-like mystery with plenty of disguises, double crosses, and red herrings; a race against time; and enough love triangles to do a daytime soap proud. Callie knows she didn't kill Katherine and is determined to find out who did before the authorities find her. Although Katherine was much loved and much reviled, who could have hated her enough to kill her? And who hated Callie enough to frame her for it? Assisted in her getaway and hiding by Slade, the steadfast boyfriend Katherine forced Callie to dump while he was away at basic training, Callie works all the leads she can find. Although the final resolution may feel like a bit of a "gotcha," this is a rare teen thriller with an actual mystery that is as quickly paced as it is heart wrenching. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

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