The Inside Battle

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5.7 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Melanie Sumrow received her undergraduate degree in religious studies and has maintained a longtime interest in studying social issues. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a lawyer for more than sixteen years, with many of her cases involving children and teens. Her first novel, The Prophet Calls, was published in November 2018. Melanie lives in Dallas with her husband, daughter, and one very spoiled dog. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @melaniesumrow.


Powerful in its impact while remaining true to its middle-grade audience, Sumrow's latest is unafraid to
fully explore how hate, misplaced anger, and racism can affect the relationship between a boy and his
father. Rebel attempts to navigate his father's mercurial moods, caused by untreated PTSD after returning
home from a stint in the military, through avoidance and focusing on robotics. After a tough loss to his
best friend Ajeet during a competition, Rebel turns his resentment outward and commits an appalling,
hateful act of vandalism. In response, Rebel's father takes him to a training camp for a racist paramilitary
group. While the group plans acts of violence against minorities and the government, Rebel tries to decide
if saving his father-and siding with the extremists-is worth the loss of his friendships and convictions.
A somewhat too-convenient twist moves the story toward a conclusion free of explicit violence that does
not downplay the consequences of each character's actions. The author's note also provides important
conversation starters about bigotry, PTSD, and using one's voice as a tool for justice.-- "Booklist"