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TAHSHAS HIGH SCHOOL READING LIST 2011
THE INTERROGATION OF GABRIEL JAMES is Charlie Price's new novel, edited by Wesley Adams and published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Publishers.
The novel, set in Charlie's high school hometown, Billings, Montana, is a mystery that mixes friendship, family, deceit, hate crimes, cross country runners, and homeless heroes in a complex coming of age drama that maintains a fast pace from start to surprising finish.
"Top notch." ---Kirkus (Thriller YA). June 15, 2010 issue
"As with the finest interrogation dramas, like the movie The Usual Suspects, the final reveal is both satisfying and surprising, but it’s the well-structured and paced buildup that’s most worth relishing." — Ian Chipman Booklist
PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY REVIEW 07/26/10
The Interrogation of Gabriel James
Charlie Price, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, $16.99 (176p) ISBN 978-0-374-33545-8
Price’s (Lizard People) taut thriller takes place during the police questioning of high school sophomore Gabe, who has witnessed a murder he might be partly responsible for. Switching between the interrogation room and Gabe’s memories, the teenager’s first-person narration is sparse, giving necessary information but moving forward quickly. Gabe lives in Billings, Mont., and as part of his school’s cross-country team, he witnesses firsthand the harassment of Danny Two Bull, a Native American teen recruited to run for the team. Gabe has also just been dramatically dumped by his girlfriend, so when he learns that a fellow classmate, who lives out on a former commune, may be interested in him, he follows her home, even after she rebuffs him, and discovers disturbing secrets about her family life. These and other strands combine in a series of events that lead up to the climactic murder scene. Tension builds effectively, and the final revelations, including those that involve Gabe’s own family, do not disappoint. The fast pace, dark mood, and well-plotted story line should have readers hooked. Ages 13–up. (Aug.)
Gabe secretly follows his new girlfriend home and finds a situation that pushes him to the limits of his courage and ingenuity.