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White Rabbit
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White Rabbit

Caleb Roehrig, author of Last Seen Leaving, delivers another spellbinding YA murder mystery in White Rabbit.

Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to "talk." Things couldn't get worse, right?

Then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. He and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.

April swears she didn't kill Fox. Rufus knows her too well to believe she's telling him the whole truth, but April has something he needs. Her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can't stop loving, Rufus has one night to clear his sister's name . . . or die trying.

Caleb Roehrig, author of Last Seen Leaving, delivers another spellbinding YA murder mystery in White Rabbit.

Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to "talk." Things couldn't get worse, right?

Then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. He and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.

April swears she didn't kill Fox. Rufus knows her too well to believe she's telling him the whole truth, but April has something he needs. Her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can't stop loving, Rufus has one night to clear his sister's name . . . or die trying.

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  • Caleb Roehrig's debut YA thriller, Last Seen Leaving, was called one of the Best YA Novels of 2016 by Buzzfeed.com. Caleb lives with his husband in Los Angeles.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 12, 2018
    In this thrilling sophomore outing from Roehrig (Last Seen Leaving), 16-year-old Rufus Holt sets out with his ex, Sebastian, after getting a phone call from his half-sister April, who is at a party, begging for help. When they arrive at the cabin on the outskirts of Burlington, Vt., they find April stoned out of her mind with a knife in her hand and her drug-dealing boyfriend stabbed to death. She doesn’t remember the last few hours, but she’s willing to pay Rufus $2,000 to find out what really happened, money Rufus desperately needs. Rufus and Sebastian race to untangle a web of lies spun by a clique of rich kids while trying to stay ahead of the killer. Roehrig’s metaphors are inspired (“the three of us were as tense and silent as a German horror film”), and his characters and family dynamics are heartbreakingly real. He nails the angst of spending time with an ex that you can’t help but love, as well as the heartache and confusion of coming out. Ages 12–up. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio.

  • School Library Journal

    March 1, 2018

    Gr 9 Up-Rufus Holt is having a rough July 4th. First, the love of his young life, Sebastian, shows up out of nowhere, just five weeks after crushing Rufus's heart in a most painful and spectacular way. Then, his half-sister April calls, disoriented and desperate for his help. And just to ice the cake a little further, his mom tells him they're short $8,000 and they may lose the rest of what little they have. With no other option, Rufus allows Sebastian to drive him to his sister. When they find her, she is covered in blood, holding a knife, next to the dead body of her boyfriend. She doesn't remember much, but enough to know she didn't do it, and she is willing to pay Rufus to find out who did. Rufus and Sebastian have one night to uncover who really killed Fox Whitney. This excellent mystery has strong and believable characters. The relatively small cast and tight time frame lend themselves to extra focus and depth in each character's development. Roehrig obviously knows how to structure a mystery; it rolls out nicely, with each piece of the puzzle discovered at the appropriate time. Brief flashbacks of Rufus and Sebastian's story help give context to and propel current action that unfolds in a well-timed manner. Their relationship is the core of this tale, and it's portrayed intelligently and realistically with appropriate depth and compassion. VERDICT Excellent characters and plotting, as well as honest and compassionate storytelling make this a strong choice for any YA collection.-Erik Knapp, Davis Library, Plano, TX

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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