“Desert Angel” by Charlie Price

Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011

Fourteen-year-old Angel has had a hard life, fending off her mother’s many boyfriends, and forced to raise herself. Scotty, her mother’s latest loser boyfriend kills her and, when Angel finds the body, tries to kill her too. Angel barely manages to escape, but Scotty is a hunter knowing how to patiently track his prey with Angel caught in his cross hairs.

Taken in by a community of border Mexicans who endanger themselves by helping her, Angel learns about family unity and trust. For the first time in her life, she learns to love and care for others. Unfortunately, Scotty discovers where she’s hiding and, as he gets closer, it seems no one can stand in his way.

Price has woven a tale of suspense and chills, keeping readers glued to the pages while hoping Angel and her newfound friends can stay one step ahead of Scotty’s murderous plan.

An excellent read. I was glued to the pages, and couldn’t put it down. Students in grades 9-12 will feel the same.

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