I shouldn't have come back to Miami. . . . I've been escaping cops' notice for a year now -- since I ran away. I'm no longer Michael Daye, high school athlete with a promising future. Now I look like someone with no future. I look like a carny.
A year ago Michael's life seemed pretty good, at least from the outside. But with a new stepfather in the picture, his world was actually violently out of control. When Michael grabs a chance to leave town with a traveling fair, he finds that their motto of don't ask, don't tell is a welcome refuge from the unbearable situation at home.
But now Michael is back in Miami, and his mother is on trial for murder. As the day of her trial draws closer, Michael wonders how much longer he can hide from his past . . . and his future.
“A heartrending, unforgettable book.”
-School Library Journal
“A fast–paced, readable mystery that is rooted in the psychology of battered–spouse syndrome and its impact on the entire family.”
“Arresting. As she did in Breathing Underwater, Flinn does a masterful job of exploring domestic violence.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“An absorbing read. Readers will appreciate seeing a tough topic taken beyond melodrama.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“The dialogue crackles with danger and attitude; the plot contains enough twists and revelations to keep readers riveted.”
-The Horn Book