Mercy Rule (n): When a sports team is beating another so badly, the game is called.
It’s a new school year, yet some things never change. Candace, chirpy optimist, loves Kermit the Frog and The Ramones. . . . What’s up with new kid Danny, kilt-wearing arts prodigy . . . brutally picked on by football heroes Dante and Brady? . . . Who’s trying to hook up with coach’s daughter . . . while her crowd Sharpies the valedictorian challenger?
Quick cuts between a large cast of indelible characters, and razor-sharp plotting, take readers on a countdown to an avoidable yet somehow inevitable act. This un-put-down-able novel by Tom Leveen offers an intense, smart perspective on a tragic and inexplicable American ritual. In real life, as one character says, there is no mercy rule.
Sky Pony Press
2 January 2018
5.50 x 8.25in.
About the author
Tom Leveen is the author of six teen novels, including his most recent titles, Shackled and Random; Zero, an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults 2013; and Sick, a YALSA Quick Pick 2014. A rocking and frequent speaker at schools and conferences, Tom lives and writes full-time in Phoenix, Arizona.