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Author: McManus, Karen M.
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Year Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781524714680
Grades: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

One of Us is Lying

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Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
On a Monday afternoon, five students find themselves in detention at Bayview High.  Bronwyn, the BRAIN, Addy, the BEAUTY, Nate, the CRIMINAL, Cooper, the ATHLETE and Simon, the OUTCAST, an unlikely mix of characters are found together until there are only four left.  Simon dies of an anaphylactic reaction but no appears to mourn his demise, as he has made many enemies at school with his notorious gossip app, which has revealed some of this cast of characters’ secrets.   During the investigation of Simon’s death, these unlikely characters collide, revealing even deeper secrets and pointing to each of them as potential killers.
Told from the perspectives of each of the four high school students in alternating voices, readers are drawn further into their relationships and reasons for their secrets, as well as wanting to learn who really killed Simon.  
This gritty tale of intrigue in solving the mystery of Simon’s death brings forward many of the pressures and realities of high school students today.  Suitable for Grades 10-12

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