Before April Henry wrote her popular mysteries Girl Stolen and The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die, she’d written A LOT, and apparently, very well, catching the attention of Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matlilda, and dozens more) who helped her publish when she was still a child. I just love to hear stories like that. Good writing takes perserverance and confidence, and the support of someone like Roald Dahl is fantastic. Torched is an early novel by the author, very different from the Girl series, and more PG13ish. The protagonist, Ellie, is the daughter of “old hippies” who are environmental activists. When they become involved with a group that uses violence in their cause, Ellie is approached by the FBI who want her help in trapping the group members–in exchange for her parents’ freedom. Ellie is torn, but the attraction she feels for the good-looking Coyote, spurs her on to help.
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