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Conviction / Kelly Loy Gilbert.

By: Gilbert, Kelly Loy.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Los Angeles, California : Hyperion, 2016Publisher: ©2016Edition: First paperback edition.Description: 342 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1484725387; 9781484725382.Subject(s): Fathers and sons -- Fiction | Faith -- Fiction | Trials (Murder) -- Fiction | Young adult fictionDDC classification: [Fic] Summary: "A small-town boy questions everything he holds to be true when his father is accused of murder"-- Provided by publisher.
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Braden's father, the only parent he has ever known and a famous Christian radio host, has been accused of murder. Braden is the key witness in his father's upcoming trial, and is also faced with the prospect of playing baseball against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing. Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith and the ultimate test of conviction.

Includes an excerpt from Picture us in the light.

"A small-town boy questions everything he holds to be true when his father is accused of murder"-- Provided by publisher.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Braden's dad is in jail, awaiting trial for allegedly killing a police officer, supposedly backing up, swerving, and running the officer down during a routine traffic stop. Braden dreads having to testify. His father is a well-known religious radio host, and Braden's own faith is wavering as he wrestles with the realities of the relationship he has with his father. He wants to believe that his father is a good man, but the facts in the case seem to point in another direction. Flickers of his dad's drinking, violence, and judgmental tendencies make Braden increasingly apprehensive about providing his version of the events of the night the officer was killed. He also has lingering doubts about why his older brother would leave home, not returning for more than a decade. When he arrives back to care for Braden during their dad's incarceration, Braden eventually learns the truth: his dad disapproved of the brother's secrets and beat him mercilessly. The story flashes forward and back in time, interweaving baseball vignettes as metaphors for strained relationships. The sophisticated pacing requires effort to push through; this is a multilayered story that provides meaty sustenance for those seeking insights into rifts between fathers and sons. Readers who do push through will find a poignant look at the messiness of love, faith, and humanity. VERDICT A strong debut for readers who enjoyed E.M. Kokie's Personal Effects (Candlewick, 2012).-Leah Krippner, Harlem High School, Machesney Park, IL © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.