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She rides shotgun : [a novel] / Jordan Harper.

By: Harper, Jordan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Ecco, [2017]Edition: First edition.Description: 257 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780062394415 :.Subject(s): Ex-convicts -- Fiction | Parental kidnapping -- Fiction | Fathers and daughters -- Fiction | Criminals -- FictionAwards: Alex Award winner, 2018.Summary: Enemies from his time in prison put a bounty on Nate McClusky's head and target his family. They've already murdered his ex-wife, so Nate takes his eleven-year-old daughter Polly from in front of her school, knowing she'll be the next target. With barely any time to mourn her mother, Polly is thrust into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of capture, or death.
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*WINNER OF A 2018 EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT NOVEL*

*WINNER OF AN ALEX AWARD FROM THE ALA*

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY St. Louis Post-Dispatch * Booklist

A propulsive, gritty novel about a girl marked for death who must fight and steal to stay alive, learning from the most frightening man she knows--her father.

Eleven-year-old Polly McClusky is shy, too old for the teddy bear she carries with her everywhere, when she is unexpectedly reunited with her father, Nate, fresh out of jail and driving a stolen car. He takes her from the front of her school into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of death. And he does it to save her life.

Nate made dangerous enemies in prison--a gang called Aryan Steel has put out a bounty on his head, counting on its members on the outside to finish him off. They've already murdered his ex-wife, Polly's mother. And Polly is their next target.

Nate and Polly's lives soon become a series of narrow misses, of evading the bad guys and the police, of sleepless nights in motels. Out on the lam, Polly is forced to grow up early: with barely any time to mourn her mother, she must learn how to take a punch and pull off a drug-house heist. She finds herself transforming from a shy little girl into a true fighter. Nate, in turn, learns what it's like to love fiercely and unconditionally--a love he's never quite felt before. But can their powerful bond transcend the dangerous existence he's carved out for them? Will they ever be able to live an honest life, free of fear?

She Rides Shotgun is a gripping and emotionally wrenching novel that upends even our most long-held expectations about heroes, villains, and victims. Nate takes Polly to save her life, but in the end it may very well be Polly who saves him.

Enemies from his time in prison put a bounty on Nate McClusky's head and target his family. They've already murdered his ex-wife, so Nate takes his eleven-year-old daughter Polly from in front of her school, knowing she'll be the next target. With barely any time to mourn her mother, Polly is thrust into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of capture, or death.

Alex Award winner, 2018.

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Kirkus Book Review

In his first novel, Harper returns to the seamy criminal fringe he explored in his story collections (Love and Other Wounds, 2015, etc.) for a grim yet moving tale about an ex-con's efforts to protect his young daughter.Meek, intellectually precocious 11-year-old Polly finds her tattooed, heavily muscled father, Nate, waiting outside her school in Fontana, California. Having been in prison for more than half of Polly's life, Nate has now been granted an early release. Unfortunately, though, the head of the Aryan Steel gang has just put out a call from his prison cell for his gang members to kill Nate, his ex-wife, and their daughter. Polly's mother is knifed before Nate can reach her, but he takes Polly on the run to evade hit men while planning how to stop the vendetta. His love for Polly overpowers and empowers him, but there is no sentimentality herehe recognizes with paternal pride that she shares his "buried rage." He trains her to fight, then takes her along when he robs stores and attacks his Aryan Steel enemies. Although she remains attached to her teddy bear, Polly discovers she takes after her badass daddy more than she or he imagined. The novel combines striking images, like Nate's "gunfighter eyes" and the "old man of a car" he shows up driving, with disturbingly raw violencea drug mule gutted by a crooked sheriff to get out the merchandise, the same sheriff gouging out an eye. Even more disturbing are the characters' raw emotions: after witnessing Nate hold an Aryan Steel member's back against the coals from a barbecue-grill fire until he gives desired information, Polly finds herself smiling. Yet there is a moral core here. Acknowledging that his vengeful behavior is "dumb and selfish," Nate knows he isn't good for Polly. And despite her developing toughness, Polly retains her urge to save the innocent. For all the darkness and even ugliness displayed, the characters' loyalty, love, and struggle for redemption grip the reader and don't let go. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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