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Sandpiper meets the mysterious boy everyone calls The Walker at a low point in both their lives, but things will get worse before they get better.


“Wittlinger is at her best with this latest offering that tells an edgy and compelling story exploring the danger of suppressed emotions and pent-up guilt. A recent and disturbing trend among teenagers to discount oral sex as “real sex” is also portrayed, but the ultimate message conveys the value of human connections and how the strength of friendships can save lives.” -- VOYA

“Wittlinger takes on tough teen issues with candor, humanity, humor, and grace." --Booklist


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Junior Library Guild selection, 2005
Librarian’s Choice list, Texas Women’s University School of Library and Information Services, 2005
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2006
New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list, 2006
Nominated: Michigan "Thumbs Up" Award, 2006
Virginia Reader's Choice list, 2006-07
Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices list, 2006
Kansas NEA Reading Circle list, 2006
Nominated: Heartland Award (Kansas), 2007
Nominated: Grand Canyon Reader Award, 2008

Publishing Information

Simon and Schuster, 2005

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