Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.
Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete.
But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.
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Prasie for Canary:
~Silver medal winner for the IPBA Ben Franklin Award for Teen Fiction (13-18 years)
"In an engrossing, carefully unfolding drama, sophomore Kate Franklin adjusts to a new school, a powerful set of friends and a family that is falling apart...Overall, a sophisticated, evocative portrait of a teen girl finding her place among peers and family."
"...this novel delivers an indictment of athletic privilege and warns of the dangers of the rampant use of alchohol by teens, as well as casual sex."
~School Library Journal
"A searing and tender portrait of the complexities of high school friendships, dating and privilege. CANARY is a testament to the power of hard-won truths."
~Daisy Whitney, author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and WHEN YOU WERE HERE
"The subtle way Rachele Alpine addresses love, loss, popularity, and friendship makes this book a realistic and arresting read. For anyone who ever struggled with frenemies and fitting in, CANARY is an important addition to contemporary YA discussions."
~Jennifer Brown, author of THE HATE LIST
"Rachele Alpine's CANARY sings the truth about what happens when we put our high school heroes on a pedestal and give them the power to act like villains."
~Erin Jade Lange, author of BUTTER
"Alpine’s Canary is a deeply-felt, poignant account of someone trying to find strength in a world that has hurled its worst at her. Alpine has created a compelling narrator in Kate and the challenges she must face are both realistic and heartbreaking."
~Colleen Clayton, author of WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
"I loved this book and read it in a few sittings when I really should have been getting on with other things. CANARY will make you think about power and privilege and corruption. It will make you question your own moral code and whether you would get seduced by the benefits of being in the in-crowd. What it would take for you to speak out."
~C.J. Flood, author of INFINITE SKY
"Told in a combination of poem and prose, this book's tale unfolds so effortlessly. Unrelentingly real, protraying high school in all of it's savagery. I just wanted to wrap the mc, Kate, in a big hug and take her home. Very well done."
~Amy Parker, author of GATED
"Beautiful and gut-wrenching."
~Anna, Diamonds & Coal Book Reviews
"I also admire how the subtexts of family, of privilege and how it is exploited, of bullying, and the sexual vulnerability of many girls are presented. . . . It is a powerful story that evokes intense emotions. . . . Grab a copy of Canary."
~Jhobell Kristyl, Book Maven blog
“Sometimes I feel like I need a lot of words to describe a story and convince people to read it. This time I’m not going to. Canary is so much better than that. I need not convince you anymore.”
~Open Book Society blog
"I was hooked from page one. The writing of Rachele Alpine is intoxicating. She pushes the boundaries. She pushes herself."
~Girls on YA blog
"This is a captivating tale that addresses a lot of contemporary issues in a sensitive and thought-provoking way."
~Nicki J. Markus, author of DAY WALKERS and TIME KEEPERS
"I read this gorgeous book in two major sittings -- it would have been one except I was sick!! -- and gulped it in each time I went in for more. Bittersweet and poignant, it shares a glimpse of what it's like to grow up, live, love, learn, understand, fumble, fall and eventually rise again in a modern high school setting marked by false friendships, betrayals and cruelty. Though it's fiction, it reads as nonfiction and could be, sadly, ripped straight from today's headlines. A stunning debut novel!"
~Rusty Fischer, author of ZOMBIES DON'T CRY