Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 8 to 12
- Reading age: 12 to 18
Amy and Eric are the perfect couple. Popular, good-looking, happy. But after they are seen quarreling at a party, Amy disappears and Eric is the number-one suspect. Amy wakes up alone in a windowless, all-white room. She has no idea how she got there, or who put her there. All she knows is that she has to get out. Eric wakes up to news of Amy's disappearance—and a visit from the police. All he knows is that he didn't do it, and that he has to find Amy.
As Amy tries to figure out a way to escape, she must also follow the instructions in a bizarre letter from her kidnapper. And as Eric tries to figure out where Amy is and who took her, he discovers that the past has a way of coming back and biting you in the butt.
Told in alternating voices—first Amy's, then Eric's— Deadly is a fast-paced story about love, hate, courage, tenacity, forgiveness—and the many uses of a toilet rod.
About the author
Sarah N. Harvey is the author of ten books for children and young adults. Some of her books have been translated into Korean, German and Slovenian, none of which she speaks or reads (although she is trying to learn Italian). Her novel The Lit Report has been optioned for a feature film. She will not be in it. Sarah lives and writes in Victoria, British Columbia, where one of her goals is to get her heels to the floor in downward-facing dog. Visit www.sarahnharvey.com for more information.
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Excerpt: Deadly (by (author) Sarah N. Harvey)
I'm starting to feel dizzy again—and scared. I need to sit down. I make my way slowly to the table and collapse into the moulded plastic chair. On the table is something I hadn't noticed before: a white envelope. With my name on it.
"A suspenseful and fast-paced addition to Orca's hi-lo Soundings series...Amy is a resourceful, brave, interesting, and convincing character...Deadly is a captivating story that readers of both sexes will thoroughly enjoy. Highly Recommended."
"A true chiller."
Tacoma Public School District
"Deadly starts fast and intense and keeps you on the edge of your seat...The characterization is wonderful; you feel connected to both Amy and Eric from the first line...and never lose faith or hope in either...Highly recommend[ed]."