TANTALIZE by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick, 2007, 2008). Ages 14-up. Also published by Alfa Basim Yayim Dagitim (Turkey), Intervista (France), Walker Books (U.K.), and Walker Australia and New Zealand.
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Quincie Morris has never felt more alone.
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Warning: Plot Spoilers
- TANTALIZE opens with a prologue in which Kieren accidentally hurts Quincie. She carries the scars on her hand. What do these scars symbolize in the story?
- After meeting Vaggio’s girlfriends at his funeral, Quinice observes, “It was funny, though, the things you didn’t learn about people until after they died.”
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