Free Book Friday!

Congratulations to The Carusos! They are the winners of Meltdown! The Nuclear Disaster in Japan and Our Energy Future by Dr. Fred Bortz!

This week,two lucky winners will receive copies of The Knife and the Butterfly by Ashley Hope Pérez!

After a marijuana-addled brawl with a rival gang, 16-year-old Azael wakes up to find himself surrounded by a familiar set of concrete walls and a locked door. Juvie again, he thinks. But he can’t really remember what happened or how he got picked up. He knows his MS13 boys faced off with some punks from Crazy Crew. There were bats, bricks, chains. A knife. But he can’t remember anything between that moment and when he woke behind bars.

Azael knows prison, and something isn’t right about this lockup. No phone call. No lawyer. No news about his brother or his homies. The only thing they make him do is watch some white girl in some cell. Watch her and try to remember.

Lexi Allen would love to forget the brawl, would love for it to disappear back into the Xanax fog it came from. And her mother and her lawyer hope she chooses not to remember too much about the brawl—at least when it’s time to testify.

Lexi knows there’s more at stake in her trial than her life alone, though. She’s connected to him, and he needs the truth. The knife cut, but somehow it also connected.

The Knife and the Butterfly is an unflinching and nuanced portrait of two teenagers and their connection forged in violence.

To enter to win please leave a comment below or Tweet the following line: “RT to win! I want to win THE KNIFE AND THE BUTTERFLY by @ashleyhopeperez from @LernerBooks! #FreeBookFriday.” The winners will be announced during Free Book Friday on March 23 so make sure to check the blog to see if you’ve won!

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