Critically acclaimed author Maggie Thrash’s second novel in the Strange Truth series blends crackling suspense, subversive humor, and biting social commentary to become the “definition of a page-turner” (John Corey Whaley).
Only at Winship Academy would an evening science expo turn into a criminal fiasco. First, there’s the anonymous boy in the girls’ bathroom handing out drugs to anyone with the secret password. Then the student body president is maimed in a horrifying and tragic accident—but was it an accident or an attack?
Benny Flax and Virginia Leeds are right at the center of it all. And so is the headmaster’s son, Calvin Harker, an oddball poet whose interest in Virginia sets off alarm bells for Benny. As the case bleeds from Winship Academy to the surrounding city, the deep fault lines of racial tension in Atlanta’s history reveal explosive hatred still simmering under the city’s surface.
Once again, Maggie Thrash (author of Honor Girl) delivers a uniquely compelling, thought-provoking, and entirely riveting story.
Maggie Thrash grew up in the South. She is the author of the graphic memoir Honor Girl (a Los Angeles Times Book Prize nominee). Strange Truth and Strange Lies were inspired by her experiences at an exclusive prep school in Atlanta, where everyone had secrets.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2017)
Length: 336 pages
Grades: 9 and up
Ages: 14 - 99
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"Fast-paced and suspenseful . . . Thrash's brazen characters and dark humor will compel readers forward."
– Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2017
"WE KNOW IT WAS YOU is the definition of a page turner. Thrash's unique ability to balance humor, mystery, and teen angst blew me away. Hilarious, twisty, and full of unforgettable characters—this is damn good stuff."
– John Corey Whaley, Printz Award-winning author of Where Things Come Back and National Book Award Finalist Noggin
“We Know it Was You has all the elements of a great read: mystery, humor, romance and drama . . . Thrash's writing is so mesmerizingly good I found myself re-reading sentences for the sheer pleasure and surprise of them. This not your typical boarding school/high school novel, it's way more fun. Go Wildcats!”
– Cecily von Ziegesar, author of Gossip Girl
"With WE KNOW IT WAS YOU, Maggie Thrash has proven she can do plain old words every bit as well as she does words and pictures. Here's a whodunnit that's less about whodunnit than about howitwasdun, a twisted mystery of mascots, cheerleaders, and the unlikely duo that has to untangle all the knots . . . just as wonderful as it is hilarious."
– Tommy Wallach, New York Times bestselling author of We All Looked Up and Thanks for the Trouble
Twisty, bawdy, gossipy, sometimes disturbing, and frequently teetering on satire, this is a solid pick for fans of the TV series Riverdale and other dark, campy mysteries.