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A List of Cages

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A List of Cages
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When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.
Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.
First-time novelist Robin Roe relied on life experience when writing this exquisite, gripping story featuring two lionhearted characters.

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years. Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives. First-time novelist Robin Roe relied on life experience when writing this exquisite, gripping story featuring two lionhearted characters.
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Sales Rank:
190,658
Pages:
320
Publication Date:
01/10/2017
Lexile:
HL690L
ISBN13:
9781484763803
Product Dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x1.20(d)
Publisher:
Disney Press
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years
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About the Author

Robin Roe has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's from Harvard. She counseled adolescents in Boston before she moved to Dallas, Texas to run a mentoring program for at-risk teens. This is her first novel. Follow Robin on Twitter @robinroewriter.

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This is Roe's first young adult novel, and it's impressive. Julian's and Adam's perspectives alternate, and the plot chugs steadily forward, moments of beauty and humor interspersed with scenes of abuse and violence. Roe runs a mentoring program for at-risk teens; it's clear she brings firsthand experience to the subject. While the crimes she portrays are truly vile (and make for difficult reading), their evil can't stand up to the goodness in her protagonists, and the lesson that every kindness matters—and that we always have the choice to be kind.★ 10/17/2016
Roe draws from her work with at-risk teens to create her first novel, a psychologically taut tale of foster brothers unexpectedly reunited. The story alternates between the perspectives of Adam, the son of a social worker, and Julian, who lived at Adam’s house for a time after his parents died. Seven years later, Julian, who currently lives with his uncle, enters the same high school where Adam is a senior. Adam again finds himself playing the role of big brother to Julian, but besides having grown older, some things about Julian have changed: he’s quieter, his clothes don’t fit, and he seems to be sick too often. After drawing grim conclusions about Julian’s home life and guardian, Adam opts not to speak out, a decision that could have serious consequences. Roe gives a close-up view of two teens with disabilities (Julian has dyslexia, Adam has been diagnosed with ADHD) while building a sharp contrast between their views of the world and sense of normalcy. Written with honesty and compassion, this book will resonate with a wide range of readers. Ages 12–up. Agent: Peter Steinberg, Foundry Literary + Media. (Jan.)01/01/2017
Gr 9 Up—Julian—shy, quiet, and nervous—has just entered high school, and it's a nightmare. Kids pick on him for the children's books that he keeps in his backpack; teachers berate him for not speaking up in class and for handing in near-illegible assignments because of his undiagnosed dyslexia. He hides away in the school theater at lunchtime just to get away from everything, and he has to go home to his tyrannical and abusive uncle, who beats him with a switch. His daily appointments with the school psychiatrist yield nothing but further anxiety, until one day, Julian discovers that Adam, his former foster brother, is the psychiatrist's intern. Adam's family took Julian in after his parents were killed in a car crash, but then his uncle stepped forward as his legal guardian, and Julian was taken away. Adam, a bright, popular senior with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, takes Julian under his wing and brings him out of his shell, and when Julian abruptly "falls ill" for two weeks, Adam and his friends suspect there is something much more sinister at hand. Roe, a social worker, has written a stunning debut about loss, friendship, and the power of family. Many scenes of abuse will challenge readers with authentic detail; Julian suffers regular beatings and is, at one point, locked in a chest without food. Emotional, visceral, and heartbreaking, this novel offers expertly rendered characters and beautiful language, especially when describing Julian's struggles. VERDICT A potent and moving work. Do not pass over this book.—Tyler Hixson, School Library Journal★ 2016-09-19
In her debut, Roe tells the story of a friendship between two young men who will linger in the thoughts and minds of readers long after the final page is turned. Told through alternating first-person narration, the story of 14-year-old Julian and his former foster brother, 18-year-old Adam, is equally heartwarming and heartbreaking. Five years after losing his parents in a tragic accident and being taken from a loving foster home to live with a cold and brutal uncle, Adam Blake quite literally walks back into Julians life. Plagued by antsy feet courtesy of his ADHD, Adam is happy to be assigned the job of escorting Julian to the counseling sessions that hes been frequently skipping. Though both boys are thrilled to be reunited, theres an uneasiness that lies between them. Reclusive and wracked with self-doubt, Adam quickly realizes that this Julian is much different from the one he used to know. Roe deliberately unspools her story, keeping readers wondering why Julian, who clearly desperately craves connection, keeps Adam at arms length. Emotion courses through every sentence of this novel, whether it is love, compassion, or bone-chilling cruelty. Julian and Adam are dark-haired but otherwise racially indeterminate. A triumphant story about the power of friendship and of truly being seen. (Fiction. 14 & up)
"Written with honesty and compassion, this book will resonate with a wide range of readers."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A poignant, hopeful story about loss, grief, abuse, and the transformative power of friendship."—Amber Smith, New York Times best-selling author of The Way I Used to Be

"As inspiring as it is heartbreaking, A List of Cages is a hero story you will never forget."—Tamara Ireland Stone, best-selling author of Every Last Word

A remarkably gripping and moving tale of a life saved—in more than one way—by the power of friendship."—Emma Donoghue, best-selling author of Room

"A page-turner with a lot of compassion."—Booklist (starred review)

"Emotion courses through every sentence of this novel, whether it is love, compassion, or bone-chilling cruelty. A triumphant story about the power of friendship and of truly being seen."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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This book broke my heart and then pieced it back together again. P ...
This book broke my heart and then pieced it back together again. Part “Perks of Being A Wallflower,” part “A Little Life,” Robin Roe tackles a heartbreaking subject like a master storyteller. A LIST OF CAGES will destroy you and rebuild you and will stay with you long after you’re finished reading it. The book left me longing for more Adams in this world.
- Anonymous
May 8, 2017
A List of Cages is beautifully written, telling the story of two b ...
A List of Cages is beautifully written, telling the story of two boys whose lives have crossed once again. Their lives have intersected at times of pain and sorrow, but it is their unlikely friendship that changes both of their lives. This is a novel that will stick with you for a very long time, one that gives you all of the feels from the very first page. It is a sad yet beautiful story that really resonated with me. There were some moments as I read when I just felt like my heart would break. The story told was often not a happy one, but it is a powerful one and one that is all too real for too many people. Roe writes it with a brush of reality that makes the story that much more important and relevant. What I enjoyed most with the depth of the story. There was a variety of important issues woven into the story and those were presented with all of the rawness that is their reality. The value of family and friends. Dealing with ADHD. The reality of the foster system. The loss of family and loved ones. Child abuse. All of these things exist and I loved that the author didn't shy away from addressing the darker aspects of reality. This is a powerful and important read that I would recommend for everyone, young adults and adults alike.
- KikiD870
January 11, 2017
5 / 5 “This part is hardest. A billion years of evolution tells y ...
5 / 5 “This part is hardest. A billion years of evolution tells your cells to run. But you can’t run. You have to turn around and face the desert wall. You have to be still. He doesn’t care if you cry, but you can’t fight. A sound fills the air, then pain so sharp, you feel sick. Slash after slash, cutting deep, one on top of the other. They don’t stop until you’re screaming into your palms.” — Robin Roe I do not believe that Robin Roe is a debut author, but yes, she is, and I am just blown away. This book doesn’t come out until January, but it should be on everyone’s radar right now. It may be too early, but I see this book having the success of All the Bright Places or Eleanor and Park. This book was such a surprise that words can’t explain how great it truly is. The main story revolves around two boys and the friendship that they maintain through tragedy, love, and traumatizing events. It was a refreshing YA novel that takes the genre in a place that I haven’t really seen done. (I know that events in this novel happen in other YA novels [the abuse], but I haven’t come across novels.) “It’s strange how many ways there are to miss someone. You miss the things they did and who they were, but you also miss who you were to them. The way everything you said and did was beautiful or entertaining or important. How much you mattered.” — Robin Roe I am able to picture all of the characters in this novel because they are so relatable. The whole cast of characters are so realistic that I can relate them to people I see in my own life. That point just makes the book so much more personal and engrossing. This book is not something to be taken lightly, it is an emotional ride from beginning to end. If I could go back and read it for the first time again, then I would in a heartbeat. The authenticity of this book just makes the reader feel so in touch with the story and all of the characters involved. This book is going to be a massive hit with everyone who comes upon it. “My mother once said that the planet was like an enormous womb, and every single one of us was a fetus. Death was nothing to be afraid of. It was just birth to another world, and someone would be waiting for us there. Sometimes I try to see this, my mother and father as two newborns holding hands and ejected into this other world. There they are just beginning.” — Robin Roe I grabbed this book on a whim because of the Emma Donoghue blurb on the back, but after reading it I can tell that there are going to more quotes for influential authors on the final copy. This is deserves to become a literary phenomenon (TFiOS level). If this doesn't get its rights picked up by a distribution company for a film, then I will be floored. Everyone do me a favor and support this book when it comes out, it is just that incredible.
- booksss_0k
May 7, 2017
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