Property of the State: The Legend of Joey

Bill Cameron (Author)


Joey Getchie has been property of the state longer than he was in parental custody. But he's a survivor, and he has a Plan: graduate high school and get out of the foster care system before it eats him alive. He bonds with Trisha, another foster, who seems to have lucked out when it comes to foster parents. A false accusation leads to a physical clash with his foster father, so Joey flees to Huntzel Manor, where he works part time. He takes up unauthorized residence and keeps a low profile, hoping to avoid attention.

But attention arrives in the worst possible way: a classmate is seriously injured in a hit and run accident, and Joey becomes the focus of the investigation. Why shouldn't he be? He had a violent confrontation with the same classmate just last year. And of course, he's a kid with a criminal record.

Except of course, he isn't.

Property of the State, first in The Legend of Joey series, is an edgy teen mystery featuring a world-wise protagonist struggling to grow up in a world where parents are the bad guys.

Product Details

Poisoned Pencil
Publish Date
June 07, 2016
5.4 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Bill Cameron is the author of the Skin Kadash mysteries: County Line, Day One, Chasing Smoke, and Lost Dog. His stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Portland Noir, and Murder at the Beach. Bill lives in Oregon, where he's at work on his next mystery. Find him online at or on Twitter @bcmystery. Property of the State is his first YA novel.


"Always entertaining and constantly filled with suspense, Property of the State will captivate its young audience."--Rob Bentlyewski "TeenReads "
"A well written and interesting take on the typical foster kid story. Actually nothing is typical here."--Faith Kenney "NetGalley "
..".a mystery that eventually explodes in a rather macabre climax. A decision Joey's case worker makes near the end of the novel may stretch credulity a bit, but make no mistake - Joey's intense, gripping narration of his heartbreaking life will haunt readers."--Booklist
"What an enjoyable, well-written mystery! I would recommend this one to many teen aged boys in my library."--Alexandra Klaus "NetGalley "