The Long Night of Leo and Bree

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The Long Night of Leo and Bree

by Ellen Wittlinger

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | October 1, 2003 | Trade Paperback

The Long Night of Leo and Bree is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
NOBODY SHOULD HAVE A NIGHT LIKE THIS.

8:30 P.M.: It's been four years since Michelle was killed. Leo can't stand to be at home with his mom -- she's crazy with rage. He's got anger of his own and pictures of his dead sister he can't get out of his head.

9:00 P.M.: Bree parks her mom's car and locks the doors. She's in a bad part of town, but she knows the bar has to be around here somewhere. All she wants is to escape for a while and have a good time.

9:15 P.M.: Leo, out for a drive to get away from his mom, spots Bree. Why is this girl alive while Michelle's not?

By 6:30 A.M., when their long night is over, everything has changed.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.31 in

Published: October 1, 2003

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689863357

ISBN - 13: 9780689863356

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark, but uplifting Paperback (edit) Review This is not a love story. This may tentatively be termed a friendship story. But mostly, it is a story about a simple human-to-human connection. It's about truly seeing each other as people. Leo is still reeling from the murder of his sister and thinks he can bring her back by murdering another girl. But he sees that his suffering isn't all that matters. Bree is a person, too, with her own life and her own tragedies, loss of a sibling included. And Bree realizes that Leo isn't just some horrible kidnapper, and he definitely does not want to truly kill her. He is kind, and he is in pain. I'm not trying to condone Leo's kidnapping Bree, but he definitely isn't a dimensionless "bad guy" archetype. In fact, he isn't really a bad guy, overall. And his connection with Bree may have saved him, just as it helped Bree to heal, as well. These characters are both damaged humans on the road to recovering from grief, and the effect they have on each other is pretty profound.
Date published: 2016-01-15

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The Long Night of Leo and Bree

The Long Night of Leo and Bree

by Ellen Wittlinger

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 128 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.31 in

Published: October 1, 2003

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689863357

ISBN - 13: 9780689863356

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NOBODY SHOULD HAVE A NIGHT LIKE THIS.

8:30 P.M.: It's been four years since Michelle was killed. Leo can't stand to be at home with his mom -- she's crazy with rage. He's got anger of his own and pictures of his dead sister he can't get out of his head.

9:00 P.M.: Bree parks her mom's car and locks the doors. She's in a bad part of town, but she knows the bar has to be around here somewhere. All she wants is to escape for a while and have a good time.

9:15 P.M.: Leo, out for a drive to get away from his mom, spots Bree. Why is this girl alive while Michelle's not?

By 6:30 A.M., when their long night is over, everything has changed.

Editorial Reviews

"Wittlinger--always tops at hard-hitting, realistic fiction--delivers another story of teenagers' self-discovery in a difficult world."

Appropriate for ages: 12