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Did they, or didn't they?
Did she, or didn't she?
Something happened to fourteen-year-old Maisie Willardsomething involving her three friends, all boys. But their stories don't match, and the rumors spin out of control. Then other people get involved . . . the school, the parents, the lawyers. The incident at the back of the bus becomes the center of Maisie's life, the talk of the school and, horribly, it becomes news. With just a few words and a touch, the kids and their community are changed forever.
From nationally acclaimed author Francine Prose comes an unforgettable story about the difficulties of telling the truth, the consequences of lying, and the most dangerous twist of allthe possibility that you yourself will come to believe something that you know isn't true.
About the Author
Francine Prose is the critically acclaimed author of nineteen novels, including the National Book Award Finalist Blue Angel and My New American Life. She has written three other novels for young adults: After, winner of the California Young Reader Medal, an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; Bullyville, a PW Best Book and Book Sense Children's Pick; and her most recent, Touch. She is also the author of two picture books, Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig and Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, Francine Prose was Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.
Praise for Touch…
“[Maisie’s] anger, hurt, and sexual awakening are riveting, as are all the novel’s big questions about harassment and every incident’s multiple versions of the truth.”
-Booklist (starred review)
“Caught by Maisie’s immediate first-person narrative, readers will race through the story...Riveting.”
-Booklist (starred review)
“An incisive and compelling novel... Readers will be fascinated by this convincing tale and the questions that it raises, from its gripping first chapter to its poignant and surprising conclusion.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“A nuanced meditation on how stories of abuse can confuse and obscure the truth...Prose’s (Bullyville) adept narration and shunning of easy answers will hold readers’ interest. ”
“Prose keeps capable control of Maisie’s voice...Middle schoolers attempting to negotiate the same territory will appreciate this chance to narratively explore some of its troubling regions.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books