Like a fly caught in a web-paralyzed, just hanging there...
Copyright 2014, Winifred Morris, all rights reserved
That's how Sky feels at school.
He spends most of his days sitting in a plastic desk that clearly wasn’t built for someone six feet tall. Sometimes he gets a break from that when the vice principal calls him out of class to tell him not to skip class. Or he’ll be suspended for skipping, which gives him a whole day off. His parents and teachers keep telling him he could easily do well in school, but he’s now a junior with no chance of graduating any time soon.
At least he has a creative writing class he likes, and although he’s taking it for a make-up credit, it draws honor students, like Julie, as well as ones who have flunked. He watches her from the other side of the room and wishes he could be good enough for her. But he’s always picked his friends from the losers, and his best friend is now pulling him even further down.
As his life spins out of control, he finds refuge in “Escape from the Death Squad,” a novel he’s writing about hovercrafts, mutant possums, a desperate flight to the Forbidden Hills—and his fear that something must be wrong with him.
The story of a teenager struggling to know himself in a deeply flawed school system.
"A very accomplished YA novel, original, superbly well written and thoroughly gripping."
"The author does an excellent job of connecting the audience to the pain and struggling that Sky endures. My heart bled for this boy."
"Quite a profound book, for all its speed and brevity"
"Winifred Morris drew me into her story immediately and compelled me to read . . . The young characters, Sky, Julie and Garrett, leap from the pages in this beautifully written YA novel."
"I really enjoyed this book! Right from the first page, the narrative is believable, intense, and authentic."
I'm the author of several award-winning books for the young--and young at heart. But now that I've finally grown up, I'm also writing comic romantic thrillers for adults. Or some such combination of genres.
With Living in Suspension, however, I’ve gone back to my YA roots. It’s more like Liar, which was an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant YA readers.