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A propulsive, gritty novel about a girl marked for death who must fight and steal to stay alive, learning from the most frightening man she knows - her father.

Eleven-year-old Polly McClusky is shy, too old for the teddy bear she carries with her everywhere, when she is unexpectedly reunited with her father, Nate, fresh out of jail and driving a stolen car. He takes her from the front of her school into a world of robbery, violence, and the constant threat of death. And he does it to save her life.

Nate made dangerous enemies in prison - a gang called Aryan Steel has put out a bounty on his head, counting on its members on the outside to finish him off. They've already murdered his ex-wife, Polly's mother. And Polly is their next target.

Nate and Polly's lives soon become a series of narrow misses, of evading the bad guys and the police, of sleepless nights in motels. Out on the lam, Polly is forced to grow up early: With barely any time to mourn her mother, she must learn how to take a punch and pull off a drug-house heist. She finds herself transforming from a shy little girl into a true fighter. Nate, in turn, learns what it's like to love fiercely and unconditionally - a love he's never quite felt before. But can their powerful bond transcend the dangerous existence he's carved out for them? Will they ever be able to live an honest life, free of fear?

She Rides Shotgun is a gripping and emotionally wrenching novel that upends even our most long-held expectations about heroes, villains, and victims. Nate takes Polly to save her life, but in the end it may very well be Polly who saves him.

©2017 Jordan Harper (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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awsome

love it can't wait for more book's by jordan Harper very good book love it

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Loved this book

This book is a gritty look at post-prison life and gangs. It shows the growth of love between father and daughter, and her loss of innocence. It feels genuine, like few books ever do. Give this book a chance to wow you.

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Deserves the Edgar Award for the best first novel!

A coming of age novel that centers around the bond between father and daughter. Wonderful characters and story. I wish it we're twice as long.

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Every once in awhile a book comes along that makes you want to take back most of your other 5 star reviews. This is one of those books. It's gripping, thrilling, heart filling and validates something I've long suspected: Good parenting includes teaching your kid how to take a hit.

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On the run

I highly recommend this book. It has a crispness of writing that placed the reader not only immediately in the environment but successfully captures the emotional tone of the characters in a clear and distinct way. There are not pages and pages of internal dialogue as a crutch to create point of views or to sort out scenes when the artistry of the writer has achieved it so succinctly..

It is impossible to put down. Each mounting concern brings great suspense and an ache for the humanity it uncovers.

Polly is the child in all of us. Feeling alienated because of her intelligence and perhaps her homelife, she understands her place in the world by not being of this world; Polly is from Venus. This is a comforting tool she tells herself when childhood experiences don't quite measure up. Just as her teddy bear has a place in her world . He is a constant creating the companionship and unconditional love that is needed., until her ex con father picks her up from school, never to go home again. That's where the darkness lies and the harrowing journey begins in a green monster of a car that has you facing evil at every turn and courage that can only be measured by the constancy of love between a father and his child.

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Great story!

This book pulled me in from the beginning. The characters are unique and believable. I'll be looking for more by this author.