You don’t mess with Atlanta Burns.

Everyone knows that. And that’s kinda how she likes it—until the day Atlanta is drawn into a battle against two groups of bullies and saves a pair of new, unexpected friends. But actions have consequences, and when another teen turns up dead—by an apparent suicide—Atlanta knows foul play is involved. And worse: she knows it’s her fault.

You go poking rattlesnakes, maybe you get bit.

Afraid of stirring up the snakes further by investigating, Atlanta turns her focus to the killing of a neighborhood dog. All paths lead to a rural dogfighting ring, and once more Atlanta finds herself face-to-face with bullies of the worst sort. Atlanta cannot abide letting bad men do awful things to those who don’t deserve it. So she sets out to unleash her own brand of teenage justice.

“Give Nancy Drew a shotgun and a kick-butt attitude and you get Atlanta Burns.”

— Joelle Charbonneau, author of The Testing Trilogy

“Atlanta Burns is a troubled teenage girl who’s scared, angry, and not taking shit from anybody.”

— Stephen Blackmoore, author of Dead Things

“Atlanta Burns kicks Lisbeth Salander’s tattooed ass.”

— Tom Hunter, director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award

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