Spin (Paperback)

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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 Spin; Overturned, which was a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers; Fake ID, which was an Edgar Award finalist and a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers; and Endangered, which was also an Edgar Award finalist, as well as the editor of the anthology Fresh Ink. Lamar is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books. He resides in Virginia with his wife.

Praise For…

Praise for Spin
A New 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 (starred review)

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

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." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"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 Fake ID
A 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." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 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

Praise for Endangered
Edgar 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." -- Voice of Youth Advocates

"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." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Product Details
ISBN: 9781338582185
ISBN-10: 1338582186
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: April 21st, 2020
Pages: 400