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A List of Cages
by Robin Roe


Overview - When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends.  Read more...

 
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Overview
When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years. Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives. First-time novelist Robin Roe relied on life experience when writing this exquisite, gripping story featuring two lionhearted characters. Praise for A List of Cages "A remarkably gripping and moving tale of a life saved-in more than one way-by the power of friendship." -Emma Donoghue, best-selling author or Room "As inspiring as it is heartbreaking, A List of Cages is a hero story you will never forget." -Tamara Ireland Stone, best-selling author of Every Last Word "A poignant, hopeful story about loss, grief, abuse, and the transformative power of friendship." -Amber Smith, New York Times best-selling author of The Way I Used to Be * "A triumphant story about the power of friendship and of truly being seen." -Kirkus Reviews starred review * "A page-turner with a lot of compassion." -Booklist starred review

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781484763803
  • ISBN-10: 1484763807
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publish Date: January 2017
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-17
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Physical & Emotional Abuse
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Orphans & Foster Homes
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-17
  • Reviewer: Staff

Roe draws from her work with at-risk teens to create her first novel, a psychologically taut tale of foster brothers unexpectedly reunited. The story alternates between the perspectives of Adam, the son of a social worker, and Julian, who lived at Adams house for a time after his parents died. Seven years later, Julian, who currently lives with his uncle, enters the same high school where Adam is a senior. Adam again finds himself playing the role of big brother to Julian, but besides having grown older, some things about Julian have changed: hes quieter, his clothes dont fit, and he seems to be sick too often. After drawing grim conclusions about Julians home life and guardian, Adam opts not to speak out, a decision that could have serious consequences. Roe gives a close-up view of two teens with disabilities (Julian has dyslexia, Adam has been diagnosed with ADHD) while building a sharp contrast between their views of the world and sense of normalcy. Written with honesty and compassion, this book will resonate with a wide range of readers. Ages 12up. Agent: Peter Steinberg, Foundry Literary + Media. (Jan.)

 
BookPage Reviews

My brother's keeper

BookPage Teen Top Pick, January 2017

Julian and Adam are friends turned brothers by way of tragedy. Though years apart in age and on opposite ends of the personality spectrum, the boys bond over their shared disabilities, their respect for one another’s differences and the fact that they save each other’s lives—more than once.

Adam is a charismatic high school senior with ADHD. Julian is his shy and sweet former foster brother, an incoming freshman with dyslexia. Prior to the start of school, the last time they’d seen each other was five years ago, when Julian’s parents died in a sudden and horrific car accident. Back then, Adam cared for Julian like an older, patient brother, helping him cope with his tragic loss. That was until Julian’s uncle showed up out of nowhere and ripped him from the safe and healthy life he’d had with his foster family. Julian’s strict uncle has no patience for his “odd” behavior, his quietness or his appreciation for children’s books. And even though everything looks fine to outsiders, all of Julian’s pain is boxed up and pushed beneath the surface. When Adam finally begins to notice the signs, it falls to him to save the sensitive Julian from a dangerous home.

Debut author Robin Roe drew from experiences counseling and mentoring at-risk teens to create A List of Cages. In the same vein as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, this is a raw and eye-opening story, destined to spark important and necessary conversations.

 

ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Read a Q&A with Robin Roe for A List of Cages.

Justin Barisich is a freelancer, satirist, poet and performer living in Atlanta. More of his writing can be found at littlewritingman.com.

This article was originally published in the January 2017 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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