Cold - A Novel Book
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RELEASE DATE - 8 MARCH 2022
Reading level - 12 to 18 years.
A boy, a murder, a girl, a secret. From award-winning author Mariko Tamaki comes Cold, a haunting YA novel about a shocking crime, told by a boy who died--and a girl who wants to know why.
Who was Todd Mayer, and why don't any of his fellow students at Albright Academy seem to know, or want to say, anything about him?
Todd Mayer is dead. Now a ghost, hovering over his body, recently discovered in a snow covered park, naked and frozen. As detectives investigate Todd's homicide, talking to the very people linked to the events leading to his death, Todd replays the choice that led him to his end.
Georgia didn't know Todd. But ever since she heard about his death, she can't stop thinking about him. Maybe because they're both outcasts at their school, or because they're both queer. Maybe because the story of Todd people keep telling feels like a lot of fake stories Georgia has heard people tell. Plus Georgia has a feeling she's seen Todd somewhere before, somewhere he wasn't supposed to be.
Told through the voices of Todd in his afterlife and Georgia as she uncovers the truth behind his death, Cold is an immersive, emotional, and provocative read.
"Tamaki skilfully weaves issues of power, vulnerability, and sexual orientation into the teen-ghost trope... A tightly constructed page-turner that poses big questions about character, morality, and truth."
The Horn Book
"Sharp and authentic, Cold doesn't just take its title from the chill of a wintry day but also from the cruelty and isolation of adolescence. Readers who love intense, suspenseful storytelling will devour it in one sitting."
"Tamaki is so gifted at creating vulnerable, damaged, and compelling characters."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)
"This is an immersive, suspenseful reading experience... it should spark discussions about peer pressure, bystander syndrome, and what we owe to each other."
"[Great for] fans of introspective mysteries such as Malinda Lo's A Line."