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Oct 23, 2018 | ISBN 9781616959340

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An ABA Indie Next Selection

Praise for No Saints in Kansas

“[A] must read . . . carefully researched.”
—The New York Post

“Brashear’s stunning YA novel is as spectacularly written as it is researched. This is definitely one of the most unique YA novels you’ll read this year.”
—PASTE Magazine

“Gripping and fast-paced, this meticulously researched historical fiction will reinvigorate a new generation to Capote and tell another side of the Clutter murders.”
—The Emporia Gazette

No Saints in Kansas does more than merely rework In Cold Blood for a younger audience. Brashear herself lived for several years a few miles from Holcomb and has been fascinated by the case and the unanswered questions about it that persist to this day, more than 50 years later. Her understanding of the place runs deep . . . Brashear offers an evenhanded account of the facts, as far as they are known, and a well-rounded portrait of American attitudes in 1959.”
Buffalo News

“A fresh point of view.”
—The Tuscaloosa News

“The reader becomes immersed in her sense of place laid out with authenticity and care, and quickly gets a feel for the community.” 
—Mystery Scene Magazine

“Highly recommended . . . a meticulous dissection of small town life in the aftermath of an unexpected and unspeakable tragedy.”
—New York Journal of Books

“Will appeal to readers struggling with social issues, including bullying, ostracism, and mortality. A good introduction to Capote’s famous novel and true crime.”
—School Library Journal

“Readers who have never heard of the Clutter murders will get the full story and then some.”
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Brashear captures the horror that swept through the Midwest following the murder.”
—Shirley Mullin, Kids Ink Bookstore

“A gruesome murder, the clues, the investigation, the culprits, the trial—all of these are part of this riveting, fast-paced novel. But intertwined with those are, for newly arrived Carly Fleming, even harder questions. She is indefatigable in her search for the truth, but the truth she searches for is also about her place in this new town, where she is defined as an outsider, and within her own family, which is splitting apart. The unity and urgency of those two searches is searing.”
—Gary D. Schmidt, author of Newbery and Printz honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy 

“A very cool mix of history and fiction, of brutal true crime, and slightly less horrific high school life.” 
—Steve Sheinkin, Award-winning and bestselling author of Bomb, The Port Chicago 50, and Most Dangerous

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