Crushed (Hardcover)

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Crushed (Hardcover)

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A heartfelt middle grade story about changing friendships, peer pressure, and the courage to speak up when lines are crossed, perfect for fans of Starfish and The Benefits of Being an Octopus

Sophie Valentine would rather be at home, doing school virtually. Instead, she’s waiting in a crowded middle school building for her best friend, Eve, who’s finally back after an extended absence, which only Sophie knows the truth about.  
 
But when Eve returns, things aren’t the same. First, Eve stops walking to school with her in the morning. Then, she’s ditching Sophie to hang out with the Crash Crew, a group of popular kids notorious for their social media dares. Eve seems to fit right in, but Sophie is devastated: Did she just lose her best friend? 
 
When rumors surface that Eve is hiding a painful secret she didn’t share with Sophie, Sophie is spurred on an investigation to discover what—or who—caused the incident behind Eve’s sudden change...and why all clues lead back to the Crash Crew. Using lessons from her forensics class and the help of a new friend, Sophie will have to uncover the truth before more harm is done. 
Melanie Conklin is the author of A Perfect Mistake, Every Missing Piece, and Counting Thyme. Melanie grew up in North Carolina and worked as a product designer before she began her writing career. When she's not writing, Melanie spends her time doodling and dreaming up new ways to be creative. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
Product Details ISBN: 9780316509176
ISBN-10: 0316509175
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 16th, 2024
Pages: 240
Language: English
"A beautiful story bursting with love on every page."—Claire Legrand, New York Times-bestselling author of Some Kind of Happiness

"Compulsively readable, deeply compassionate, and ultimately empowering.”—Anne Ursu, author of Not Quite a Ghost