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I Will Save You Hardcover – October 12, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 53 ratings

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After running away from a group home, 17-year-old Kidd Ellison sets up camp at a beach, where he is put to work by Mr. Red, an aging surfer who runs a maintenance shop. Hardworking and handsome, if somewhat slow, Kidd begins to make friends with some of the camp’s teens, especially Olivia, a blond beauty who wears a ski cap that covers part of her face regardless of the weather. Then Devon, Kidd’s former best friend and nemesis, finds Kidd and threatens to destroy the peaceful life that he has fallen into. De la Peña has crafted a taut psychological novel that will both frustrate and fascinate readers. Narrated by Kidd, it moves from the immediate past and a possible murder to the present, then to the far past, constantly offering clues to the mysteries of Kidd’s sad and violent life. The intriguing, well-developed characters introduce themes of class and gender friction, creating a puzzling and sobering yet strangely hopeful book that will stay with readers. Grades 8-11. --Frances Bradburn

About the Author

I Will Save You was Matt de la Peña’s fourth novel. He attended the University of the Pacific on a basketball scholarship and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at San Diego State University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches creative writing. Look for Matt's other books, Ball Don’t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, and The Living, for which he received the Pura Belpré Author Honor Award, all available from Delacorte Press. You can visit him at mattdelapena.com and follow @mattdelapena on Twitter.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0385738277
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Delacorte Press (October 12, 2010)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780385738279
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0385738279
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 14 years and up
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 9 - 12
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.04 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.99 x 1.08 x 8.48 inches
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