Link, Michael and Dana live in a quiet town. But it's woken up very quickly when someone sneaks into school and vandalizes it with a swastika.
Nobody can believe it. How could such a symbol of hate end up in the middle of their school? Who would do such a thing?
Because Michael was the first person to see it, he's the first suspect. Because Link is one of the most popular guys in school, everyone's looking to him to figure it out. And because Dana's the only Jewish girl in the whole town, everyone's treating her more like an outsider than ever.
The mystery deepens as more swastikas begin to appear. Some students decide to fight back and start a project to bring people together instead of dividing them further. The closer Link, Michael, and Dana get to the truth, the more there is to face-not just the crimes of the present, but the crimes of the past. (From Scholastic Canada)
Gordon Korman is a New York Times bestselling author of over 70 middle-grade and young adult books. His books have sold 16 million copies worldwide and been translated into 25 languages. Some of his recent titles include the 39 Clues mysteries, The Hypnotists adventure series and Macdonald Hall books.
Linked publishes on July 20, 2021.
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From the book
My mother says I'd lose my head if it wasn't attached to my body.
Too bad my phone isn't also attached somewhere. I left it at school again. I know this because it butt-dialed our landline at home. I have no idea why. Ever since I dropped it in the toilet, it's been glitchy.
When I pick up, I hear a muffled motor in the background. I'm hoping that means the phone is in my locker and the noise is Mr. Kennedy, the custodian, using the big floor-polishing machine. Then the sound dies abruptly. That either means Mr. Kennedy finished polishing or my phone died. It's super old, so a battery charge lasts a millionth of a second.
From Linked by Gordon Korman ©2021. Published by Scholastic.