Are You Still There

Gabriella Mallory, AP student and perfect-daughter-in-training, stands barefoot on a public toilet for three hours while her school is on lockdown. Someone has planted a bomb and she is hiding. The bomb is defused but the would-be-bomber is still at large. And everyone at Central High School is a suspect. The school starts a top-secret crisis help line and Gabi is invited to join. When she does, she is drawn into a suspenseful game of cat and mouse with the bomber, who has unfinished business. He leaves threatening notes on campus. He makes threatening calls to the help line. And then he begins targeting Gabi directly. Is it because her father is the lead police detective on the case? Is the bomber one of her new friends. Could it be her new boyfriend with his complicated past? As the story unfolds, Gabi knows she is somehow connected to the bomber. Even worse she is part of his plan. Can Gabi reach out and stop him? Or will she be too late?

  • 288 Pages
  • 5.5" x 8.25"
  • 9780807545577
  • September 2015

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  • 288 Pages
  • 5.5" x 8.25"
  • 9780807504383
  • September 2016

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  • September 2015

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  • An intriguing mix of a whodunit and social commentary on the tragic and all-too-common problems of bullying and teen suicide.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • The pacing moves quickly, adding information and fleshing out characters along the way. Reluctant readers will stay with this one as they try to figure out who really planted the bomb.

    - School Library Journal

  • Scheerger establishes an authentic high-school environment in which, despite the face that student bullying is understood, nothing concrete has been achieved to curb it, and plenty of bystanders look on helplessly. Gripping and timely.

    - Booklist Online

  • This is an interesting premise with a gripping, edge-of-your seat ending.

    - VOYA

Common Core

RL.9-10.1,2,3,4,5,10 L.9-10.3,4,4a,5,5a,5b,6 SL.9-10.1,1a,1c,1d,4,5,6 W.9-10.4,5,6,7,8,9,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 9
  • ATOS Level: 4.2