Without his job at the hospital, Clay would be lost. The hard work, the struggles of the patients, the drama in the ERÑit makes his days worth something, and gives focus to his dream of someday becoming a doctor. Clay can’t afford to go away to college like the rest of his graduating senior class, but what other 17-year-old has delivered a baby or helped save a life?
Still, Clay wishes his life could be more like his best friend Joey’s. Joey has it all—a great family, a good college waiting for him at the end of the summer, money, a car. Clay has to bike everywhere, and the miles are starting to wear him down.
But Joey’s golden future shatters one day when he overdoses at a party. Now he’s clinging to life at the hospital where Clay works, and Clay may even be implicated in Joey’s injuries. Tension and emotion rise as those who love Joey gather and wait. Clay will do whatever he can to find out what happened at the party, and to help Joey recover. But to survive this ordeal Clay must draw on a strength he never knew he had.
“This compelling story, told in diary entries that cover hours and days, never loses the pace as Clay races to discover what happened during Joey’s last day. The antidrug message is never didactic, and the story will grab readers from the first sentence.” — Kirkus
“BLOOD BROTHERS is a gritty mystery which is relentless in its pacing… The author’s long career working in hospitals, beginning as a teenager, is clearly responsible for the vivid depictions of hospital work … will hold the interest of all but the most squeamish readers.” — Richie’s Picks
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