We Can Be Heroes
Kyrie McCauley, author of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award winner If These Wings Could Fly, delivers a powerful contemporary YA novel about the lasting bonds of friendship and three girls fighting for each other in the aftermath of a school shooting. Perfect for fans of Laura Ruby and Mindy McGinnis.
Beck and Vivian never could stand each other, but they always tried their best for their mutual friend, Cassie. After the town moves on from Cassie's murder too fast, Beck and Vivian finally find common ground: vengeance.
They memorialize Cassie by secretly painting murals of her around town, a message to the world that Cassie won't be forgotten. But Beck and Vivian are keeping secrets, like the third passenger riding in Beck's VW bus with them--Cassie's ghost.
When their murals catch the attention of a podcaster covering Cassie's case, they become the catalyst for a debate that Bell Firearms can no longer ignore. With law enforcement closing in on them, Beck and Vivian hurry to give Cassie the closure she needs--by delivering justice to those responsible for her death.
* Parade's Best YA Books of the Year * Rise: A Feminist Book Project Book of the Year * Banks Street Best Children's Books of the Year *
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"A careful, sharp exploration of rage, love, and what it means to balance on the knife edge between them."
--Rebecca Barrow, author of This Is What It Feels Like
[A] lyrical novel [with] authentic, intimate first-person narration... Strong writing that features some dreamily lovely turns of phrase... A powerful, thoughtful, and ultimately hopeful debut.--Kirkus Reviews
"A beautiful, powerful, and emotional story that tugs at your heartstrings as it empathetically and honestly steers you through the pain of domestic violence."--Farrah Penn, author of Twelve Steps to Normal
Poignant and powerful, this novel uses magical realism to examine choice in a difficult world. There are titles for teens that address the realities of dating violence, but it's more difficult to find stories of family violence; in her debut, McCauley traverses the tender ground with grace.--Booklist
"If These Wings Could Fly is a tense and emotional story that will in turns break your heart, make you swoon, and leave you feeling hopeful."--Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Past Perfect Life
McCauley offers just a touch of magical realism here, layering a painfully honest exploration of domestic violence with a subtle eeriness... Her narration is elegant and thoughtful... a refreshing portrayal of two teens who negotiate their own challenges while acknowledging those of others.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Praise for If These Wings Could Fly: "A hauntingly intense tale thrumming with hope! A stunning, powerful debut."
--Tiffany D. Jackson, award-winning author of Monday's Not Coming
"McCauley expertly blends the devastation of family with the invincibility of first love and sisterhood. This debut marks the start of a bold new talent!"--Justin A. Reynolds, author of Opposite of Always
"Heartbreaking, important, and layered with so much hope, this book breathes magic into every chapter."
--Akemi Dawn Bowman, Morris Award Finalist and author of Starfish
"A deep dive to illustrate the quiet strength of those in the darkest situations, If These Wings Could Fly is atmospheric, brilliantly drawn, and ultimately hopeful."--Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species
McCauley makes a moving debut with this hard-hitting novel set in a small, tightly knit town.--Publishers Weekly
Powerful and unflinching, We Can Be Heroes is as fierce as the girls it portrays--and as unforgettable.--Marieke Nijkamp, New York Times bestselling author of This Is Where It Ends