We Can Be Heroes
by McCauley, Kyrie






United by vengeance for their friend Cassie after their town moves on too quickly after her murder, frenemies Beck and Vivian race against time to deliver justice to those responsible for her death. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook.





Cassandra Queen's death has been called many things: a great tragedy, unavoidable, something nobody could have seen coming. But the truth is, it could have likely been avoided if only Cassie had been believed. But even with bruises on her neck left by Nico Bell, the sheriff and Nico's father (the CEO of Bell Firearms) are worried more about the town's reputation than Cassie's. With a desire for vengeance and justice, Beck and Vivian (both white)-along with the ghost of Cassie, who appears in Beck's van-start painting murals around town. Before long, Merit Logan (white) features them on her podcast, which focuses on the connection between firearms and violence against women. In her sophomore novel, Morris Award winner McCauley (If These Wings Could Fly, 2020) crafts a timely and bold narrative, exploring the emotions from three unique perspectives, punctuated by transcripts of Merit Logan's podcast, We Can Be Heroes. Heartbreaking and hopeful, this story of friendship and fierce loyalty is a sharp and affecting commentary on domestic violence and gun control for modern-day teen readers. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





Cassandra Queen's death has been called many things: a great tragedy, unavoidable, something nobody could have seen coming. But the truth is, it could have likely been avoided if only Cassie had been believed. But even with bruises on her neck left by Nico Bell, the sheriff and Nico's father (the CEO of Bell Firearms) are worried more about the town's reputation than Cassie's. With a desire for vengeance and justice, Beck and Vivian (both white)-along with the ghost of Cassie, who appears in Beck's van-start painting murals around town. Before long, Merit Logan (white) features them on her podcast, which focuses on the connection between firearms and violence against women. In her sophomore novel, Morris Award winner McCauley (If These Wings Could Fly, 2020) crafts a timely and bold narrative, exploring the emotions from three unique perspectives, punctuated by transcripts of Merit Logan's podcast, We Can Be Heroes. Heartbreaking and hopeful, this story of friendship and fierce loyalty is a sharp and affecting commentary on domestic violence and gun control for modern-day teen readers. Grades 8-12. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





Friends of a young woman shot to death by her boyfriend are visited by her ghost in this novel set in a small town whose economy is reliant on a local gun manufacturer. Told in effective alternating third-person narration, one of which is in verse form, this powerful story of the friendship between Beck, Vivian, and Cassie is at once an intensely personal tale of traumatic grief and an examination of domestic violence and the sociopolitical forces of the gun lobby. Distinct voices are established for each of the three young women. Both Beck, an artist and boundary pusher, and Vivian, determined and practical, have been forever changed by the murder-suicide that killed Cassie and also injured Vivian. Their grief drives them to illegally stage and paint murals of Cassie based on various Greek mythological characters all over their town. That Cassie's murderer was the privileged son of the owner of Bell Firearms accelerates the tension as Beck and Vivian struggle to draw attention to the horror of what happened to their friend. Transcripts of a podcast about domestic violence are also mixed into the narrative, impressively augmenting the already varied structure. Though the auspicious end seems somewhat aspirational, it fits with the fierce search for justice undertaken by its characters. All main characters seem to be White. A heartbreaking, intelligent exploration of an all-too-real menace. (Fiction. 14-18) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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