The  Rules of Survival

The Rules of Survival


This National Book Award Finalist is a thought-provoking exploration of emotional abuse, self-reliance and the nature of evil. A heart-wrenching portrait of family crisis, this is perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson&;s Speak and Jay Asher&;s Thirteen Reasons Why. For Matt and his sisters, life with their cruel, physically abusive mother is a day-to-day struggle for survival. But then Matt witnesses a man named Murdoch coming to a child&;s rescue in a convenience store; and for the first time, he feels a glimmer of hope. Then, amazingly, Murdoch begins dating Matt&;s mother. Life is suddenly almost good. But the relief lasts only a short time. When Murdoch inevitable breaks up with their mother, Matt knows that he&;ll need to take some action. Can he call upon Murdoch to be his hero? Or will Matt have to take measures into his own hands? A gripping, powerful novel that will stay with you long after you&;ve read it. Nancy Werlin, the New York Times Bestselling author of Impossible, shows why she is a master of her genre.  &;[A] dark but hopeful tale, with pacing and suspense guaranteed to leave readers breathlessly turning the pages.&;&;Booklist (starred review) &;Beautifully framed as a letter from Matthew to his younger sister, the suspense is paced to keep Matthew&;s survival and personal revelations chock-full of dramatic tension. Bring tissues.&;&;Kirkus (starred review) &;Grace and insight.&;&;School Library Journal (starred review) National Book Award FinalistLA Times Book Prize FinalistALA Best Books of the YearALA Quick Pick 

Book Details


Penguin USA


Mar 13, 2008





Age Level

Teen - Grade 10-12, Age 15-18