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"This book was a blast to read. I was swept up from the first page and read it all in one sitting! I loved the dynamic between Kya and Fuse, and the incorporation of internet/fandom bullying was particularly inspired."

— Rachel R.

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Even in murder, the music lives on.

When rising star Paris Secord (aka DJ ParSec) is found dead on her turntables, it sends the local music scene reeling. No one is feeling that grief more than her shunned pre-fame best friend, Kya, and ParSec's chief groupie, Fuse -- two sworn enemies who happened to be the ones who discovered her body. The police have few leads, and when the trail quickly turns cold, the authorities don't seem to be pushing too hard to investigate further. But nobody counted on Paris's deeply loyal fans, ParSec Nation, or the outrage that would drive Fuse and Kya to work together. As ParSec Nation takes to social media and the streets in their crusade for justice, Fuse and Kya start digging into Paris's past, stumbling across a deadly secret. With new info comes new motives. New suspects. And a fandom that will stop at nothing in their obsessive quest for answers, not even murder...

About the Author


Lamar Giles is the author of The Getaway; Spin which was a New York Times Editors' Choice and a YALSA Quick Pick; Overturned, which was also a YALSA Quick Pick; Not So Pure and Simple; Fake ID, which was an Edgar Award finalist and a YALSA Quick Pick; and Endangered, which was also an Edgar Award finalist. He the editor of the anthology Fresh Ink and has contributed to many other anthologies as well. Lamar is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. He resides in Virginia with his family.

Praise For…


Praise for Lamar Giles

“My twin, Lamar, is a phenomenal, innovative storyteller. His thrillers have laid the groundwork for us all. A true king!” --Tiffany D. Jackson, New York Timesbestselling author of Grown and The Weight of Blood

“Lamar Giles’s work always has something to say, and it’s well worth your while to listen.” --Barry Lyga, New York Times bestselling author of I Hunt Killers

“When I think of Lamar Giles’s work, I think of the books that make kids love reading. Whether it’s through a fantasy adventure or a nuanced YA novel, he offers readers smart characters who face impossible circumstances that will keep them guessing until the end. A Lamar Giles book never disappoints.” --Meg Medina, New York Times bestselling author of Burn Baby Burn

Praise for Spin

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

"The first test of a whodunit is how heart-stopping and strange a thing has actually been dun. In Spin, Lamar Giles nails the murder...What's even more impressive is the subtle stuff you almost don't notice because Giles wears his intellect so lightly: the masterly knowledge of hip-hop and R&B; the command of technology's uses and abuses; the discerning ear for the way high schoolers talk.... A two-time nominee for an Edgar award, Giles is a terrific plotter...Spin champions the resourcefulness of teenagers and pities the grown-ups--villainous or just clueless--who underestimate them." --New York Times Book Review

* "Not to be missed." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

* "Spin delivers everything you could want in a book: lush, complex characters; a spine-chilling plot; a vividly drawn world; and, best of all, hip-hop." --Booklist (starred review)

* "This novel transcends its genre." --School Library Journal (starred review)

* "This fast-paced tale seizes attention from the first thrown punch to the final curtain call...." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Lamar Giles has spun together a fast-paced, music-forward whodunit..." --School Library Connection

Praise for The Getaway

“Timely, thrilling, and gripping from start to finish. An absolute page-turner.” --Karen M. McManus, #1 New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying

The Getaway grabbed me from page one and didn’t let go. I was immediately fascinated and disturbed by the fictional Karloff Country. You too will be lured in and then horrified by the truth behind those perfect customer service smiles...” --Malinda Lo, New York Times best selling author of Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Praise for Overturned

A YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

A Kirkus Best Book of the Year

* "An utterly compelling whodunit." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Giles, a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and two-time Edgar Award finalist, is in top form, weaving together the threads of his whodunit-and-why and resonantly depicting his characters' home and school lives. As a poker genius Nikki may be a singular sort of teenager, but she's grounded in desires and motivations that make her story as moving as it is thrilling." -- New York Times Book Review

"Another Giles winner." -- BCCB

"A fast-paced, endlessly intriguing mystery." -- Booklist

"Giles excels at pulpy crime drama, including a romance with a wealthy casino heir, scattering a trail of clues and bluffs to keep readers guessing." -- Publishers Weekly



Praise for Overturned
"An utterly compelling whodunit."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Giles, a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and two-time Edgar Award finalist, is in top form, weaving together the threads of his whodunit-and-why and resonantly depicting his characters' home and school lives. As a poker genius Nikki may be a singular sort of teenager, but she's grounded in desires and motivations that make her story as moving as it is thrilling."--New York Times Book Review

"Another Giles winner."--BCCB

"A fast-paced, endlessly intriguing mystery."--Booklist

"Giles excels at pulpy crime drama, including a romance with a wealthy casino heir, scattering a trail of clues and bluffs to keep readers guessing."--Publishers Weekly
*A YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers*

Praise for Fake ID
"Giles ups the ante of YA witness-protection tales with a chilling foray into a much broader conspiracy, teasing readers with plausible suspects and clever misdirections that play off the tropes of running-from-the-mob stories."--BCCB (starred review)
"Fast action, judicious plot twists, and sufficiently evil teens and adults should keep thrill-seeking readers awake long into the night."--Kirkus Reviews

"Conspiracy theorists and thriller fans alike will be guessing right up to the end of this exciting debut."--Booklist
*A YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers*
*Edgar Award Finalist*

Praise for Endangered
"Frequent plot twists and short, fast-moving sentences keep tension high. Suspenseful and often wise."--Kirkus Reviews
"Giles writes a fast-paced, gripping suspense novel with an engaging whodunit mystery."--VOYA
"Giles crafts an unpredictable psychological thriller filled with murky choices and colorful characters."--Publishers Weekly
"This title delivers another skillfully devised plot, supported by a fully fleshed cast whose identities . . . complicate but do not solely define their characters."--BCCB
*Edgar Award Finalist*

Praise for SpinNew York Times Book Review Editors' Choice"The first test of a whodunit is how heart-stopping and strange a thing has actually been dun. In Spin, Lamar Giles nails the murder...What's even more impressive is the subtle stuff you almost don't notice because Giles wears his intellect so lightly: the masterly knowledge of hip-hop and R&B; the command of technology's uses and abuses; the discerning ear for the way high schoolers talk.... A two-time nominee for an Edgar award, Giles is a terrific plotter...Spin champions the resourcefulness of teenagers and pities the grown-ups-villainous or just clueless--who underestimate them." --New York Times Book Review* "Not to be missed." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)* "Spin delivers everything you could want in a book: lush, complex characters; a spine-chilling plot; a vividly drawn world; and, best of all, hip hop." --Booklist (starred review)* "This novel transcends its genre." --School Library Journal (starred review)* "This fast-paced tale seizes attention from the first thrown punch to the final curtain call. . . ." --Publishers Weekly"Lamar Giles has spun together a fast-paced, music-forward whodunit..." --School Library ConnectionPraise for Overturned"An utterly compelling whodunit." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"Giles, a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and two-time Edgar Award finalist, is in top form, weaving together the threads of his whodunit-and-why and resonantly depicting his characters' home and school lives. As a poker genius Nikki may be a singular sort of teenager, but she's grounded in desires and motivations that make her story as moving as it is thrilling." --New York Times Book Review"Another Giles winner." --BCCB"A fast-paced, endlessly intriguing mystery." --Booklist"Giles excels at pulpy crime drama, including a romance with a wealthy casino heir, scattering a trail of clues and bluffs to keep readers guessing." --Publishers Weekly*A YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers**A Kirkus Best Book of the Year*Praise for Fake IDA YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers*Edgar Award Finalist*"Giles ups the ante of YA witness-protection tales with a chilling foray into a much broader conspiracy, teasing readers with plausible suspects and clever misdirections that play off the tropes of running-from-the-mob stories." --BCCB (starred review)"Fast action, judicious plot twists, and sufficiently evil teens and adults should keep thrill-seeking readers awake long into the night." --Kirkus Reviews"Conspiracy theorists and thriller fans alike will be guessing right up to the end of this exciting debut." --BooklistPraise for EndangeredEdgar Award Finalist"Frequent plot twists and short, fast-moving sentences keep tension high. Suspenseful and often wise." --Kirkus Reviews"Giles writes a fast-paced, gripping suspense novel with an engaging whodunit mystery." --VOYA"Giles crafts an unpredictable psychological thriller filled with murky choices and colorful characters." --Publishers Weekly"This title delivers another skillfully devised plot, supported by a fully fleshed cast whose identities ... complicate but do not solely define their characters." --BCCB


Product Details
ISBN: 9781338219210
ISBN-10: 1338219219
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: January 29th, 2019
Pages: 400
Language: English