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Tell comes a tense, atmospheric novel for fans of E. Lockhart and Marieke
Nijkamp, about friendship, truth, and the creeping fears that can’t be
October, the kids in the old factory town of Pender know what is really behind
it: a monster out in the marshes that they call the Mumbler.
when she moves to town. Bree and Sage, who take her under their wing. Spirited
Trace, who has taken the lead on this year’s Halloween prank war. And magnetic
Kincaid, whose devil-may-care attitude and air of mystery are impossible for Clara
Mumbler–not like Kinkaid does. But as Halloween gets closer and tensions build
in the town, it’s hard to shake the feeling that there really is something dark
and dangerous in Pender. Lurking in the shadows. Waiting to bring the
takes me in, his smile fading. “Now you’ve got no chance.”
leaves or the lines of my palm. “Why?”
our taste, I guess.” Kincaid drops his board, glides backward on one foot,
never breaking eye contact. “Like . . . hopelessness.”
says, making people snicker.
love that shit.”
“Have they figured out how he died yet?”
look. “He went out in the woods, got fucked up, and died. His own mom thinks
of him behind to be sure.” Trace says. Then, to Kincaid, “Tell her about the
first boy. Ricky Whoever.”
Kincaid, most of the activity has stopped, everybody pulling up some concrete
to listen. He’s holding court, a storyteller who knows his audience. “It all
started, like, twenty years ago. Kid went missing two days before they found
him on the banks of the marsh, way out by the railroad bridge.” Kincaid nods
slowly, easing into it. “Somebody put their hands all over him.”
“Loved to death.”
his palms together in sinuous rhythm. “Squeezed him, crushed him. Mashed his
spine, smashed his belly.”
got hit by the train.”
turn. “She also told you that Santa Claus is real and honesty is the best
policy and if you’re good, you’ll get into heaven, right?”
said,” whacking the boy who interrupted with a baseball cap.
Trace’s forearm. “That’s what I heard.”
I’m the only one who hears.
Halloween. That’s the pattern.” Kincaid skates a circuit around us, dismounts,
and slaps the tail of the board so it pops into his hand again, all one smooth
movement that I wish I could watch again frame by frame. “Truth. After, Ricky’s
friends told everybody how they’d all gone out to the railroad bridge to smash
pumpkins one night, and there was somebody hiding under there. Too dark to see,
but they heard him, mumbling and yammering away.”
participation, lumbering shapes aping around the others, sounding like a zoo
after hours—Ahhh-ah-ah-ah! Mwaaa-hoohoo!
guacamole.” Kincaid pauses, smiling faintly, but he’s not really seeing me now.
“Ever since, Mumbler’s been around. Takes a bad kid every few years, always in
October. Grown-ups have some bullshit excuse for what happened to them, but we
inside looks—they’ll drop the act when they see I’m not taken in—but the quiet
drags on. “What’s the Mumbler look like?” I hold
on this, let me prove I don’t scare easy. “So I’ll know him if I see him.”
smile that creases his eyes into merry slits, a kid showing his little sister
where Mom hides the Christmas presents. “We can take you to him.”
flibbertigibbet who really hopes she can keep doing this for a living.
Library Guild Selection, received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and ALA
Booklist, was an Edgar Award Finalist, a South Carolina Young Adult Book Award
Finalist, and received both a 2018 Lupine Award from the Maine Library
Association and a 2018 Maine Literary Award from the Maine Writers and
Stoker Award Finalist), THE LIES THEY TELL (HarperTeen; 2019 International
Thriller Award Finalist, 2019 Maine Literary Award Finalist, 2018 Junior
Library Guild Selection), and THE MISSING SEASON (HarperTeen, coming 5/21/2019;
preorder giveaway happening now). My short fiction has placed in Writer’s
Digest and Zoetrope: All Story contests, as well as appearing in such
publications as Weirdbook and Creepy Campfire Stories for Grownups.
the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, Mystery Writers of America, and
the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators. Currently, I still live in
my native state of Maine–shocker, I know–with my husband and sons, where I’m
perpetually agonizing over my next novel (in the best possible way, of course!)
winners will win a signed finished copy of THE MISSING SEASON, US Only.