The Gemini Thief could be anyone.
Your father, your mother, your best friend’s crazy uncle.
Some country music star’s deranged sister. Anyone.
Someone is stealing Tennessee’s boys.
REPORT SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR.
The Gemini Thief is a serial kidnapper, who takes three boys and holds them captive from June 1st to June 30th of the following year. The June Boys endure thirteen months of being stolen, hidden, observed, and fed before they are released, unharmed, by their masked captor. The Thief is a pro, having eluded authorities for nearly a decade and taken at least twelve boys.
Now Thea Delacroix has reason to believe the Gemini Thief has taken a thirteenth victim: her cousin, Aulus McClaghen.
But the game changes when one of the kidnapped boys turns up dead. Together with her boyfriend Nick and her best friends, Thea is determined to find the Gemini Thief and the remaining boys before it’s too late. Only she’s beginning to wonder something sinister, something repulsive, something unbelievable, and yet, not impossible:
What if her father is the Gemini Thief?
Praise for The June Boys:
“Not only a terrifying story of the missing, but a heartbreaking, hopeful journey through the darkness.” —MEGAN MIRANDA, New York Times bestselling author of The Last House Guest
“Stunning twists and turns. Hang on tight.” —RUTA SEPETYS, international bestselling author
“A gripping suspense that hooked me from the first sentence.” —COLLEEN COBLE, USA TODAY bestselling author of One Little Lie and the Lavender Tides series
“I was hooked and couldn’t stop reading.” —CATHERINE BOCK, book buyer for Parnassus Books
Full-length, stand-alone Young Adult suspense novelIncludes Discussion Questions for Book Clubs
In June 2010, in Wildwood, Tenn., 17-year-old Thea Delacroix, the heroine of this engrossing mystery from Stevens (Dress Codes for Small Towns), and her friends are still searching for her Kentucky cousin, Aulus McClaghen, a teen who went missing a year earlier. She fears Aulus is a victim of the Gemini Thief, who, since 2001, has been kidnapping three children at a time, holding them for 13 months, then releasing them without harm. This pattern changes with the discovery of the body of one of the kidnapped boys with Aulus's key chain stuffed in his mouth, one made by Thea's father, who soon becomes the FBI's primary suspect. The letters written by Aulus while captive, addressed to real-life kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart, allow the reader to experience the boy's fears and courage. A surprising culprit is revealed at the heartbreaking, though hopeful, ending. Stevens takes a good swing at resolving lost faith and trust while trying to rebuild the strengths and bonds of family and friends. Ages 13 up.