Book of MichaelAuthor Lesley Choyce ISBN 9780889954175 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Red Deer Press Inc Publication Date June 10, 2008 Size 133 x 184 mm
Michael Grove was sixteen years old when he was convicted for the murder of Lisa Conroy, the girlfriend he loved very much. The circumstances surrounding her final hours attract considerable media attention, especially because Michael and Lisa had sex just prior to her death. A public outcry against light penalties for young offenders ensures Michael is tried as an adult; he receives a harsh and severe penalty. Six months into his imprisonment, the true murderer confesses. Michael is released but quickly finds that the stigma of imprisonment and the (wrongful) rap for murder is not an easy thing to escape out on the streets.
"The Book of Michael will have great appeal for young adult readers, both male and female. Tension and emotion are the cornerstones of what is a gripping psychological story. The challenging topics woven within the book seem guaranteed to spark interest and discussion among readers.
— CM Magazine
"Examining redemption and re-assimilation, Choyce's sober style rewards readers."
— School Library Journal
"(Choyce's) prose is sparse, uncluttered, and thoughtful. Choyce could have taken an easy way out, but opts instead for an ending that challenges the reader."
— The Hamilton Spectator
"Thought-provoking. It paints a vivid portrait of the tempestuousness of the teen years. . . This is a powerful book with a conclusion that haunting, controversial, and unexpected... both to the characters and the readers. It will undoubtedly leave people thinking about it for a long time to come."
— Atlantic Books Today
"Without descending into stock problem-solving or rote moralizing, Michael's mentors provide commentary regarding acceptance and change."
is the award-winning author of over 65 books dealing with topics ranging from skateboarding to racism and environmental issues. Lesley surfs year-round in the North Atlantic, teaches at Dalhousie University and calls Halifax home.
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers List, 2010 nominee
White Pine nominee 2010
On the Ontario Library Association Best Bets List for 2008
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