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Three perspectives -- one truth
The victim: After his windshield was shattered with a baseball bat, HIV-positive Alex Crusan ducked under the steering wheel. But he knows what he saw. Now he must decide what he wants to tell.

The witness: Daria Bickell never lies. So if she told the police she saw Clinton Cole do it, she must have. But did she really?

The suspect: Clinton w
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Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by HarperTeen (first published April 1st 2005)
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kari
Jun 24, 2011 kari rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, ya
Short little book so short little review. Perhaps this one has something for everyone or not.
Basic plot: Hispanic boy who is HIV positive is injured when a letter-jacket wearing assailant takes a baseball bat to his car (and probably would have done the same to him had he not driven away) which is witnesses by a girl with Down syndrome and blamed on a white football player boy who's been harassing the Hispanic boy about having HIV. Got all that?
The story is told from the various viewpoints, Ale
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Natasha
My 9th graders will love this book. Crisp writing and a simple, poignant plot. Even though there are multiple perspectives (a witness, the victim, and a suspect), my students will find it easy to follow the shifts. I like that it addresses the topic of what it means to be HIV positive in a realm other than the world of homosexuality where my students expect it.
Llana
When I first saw this book floating around on the internet I was immediately interested.A YA story about AIDS? Maybe I've been looking in the wrong places but I haven't found YA with AIDS and since my knowledge of it is basically that according to my school if I do drugs,have sex,go to parties,have friends that go to parties,or anything along those lines I'll probably catch it and die.It's the abstinence bogeyman to be whipped out whenever we teens may think of breaking our true Christian values ...more
Richie Partington
25 April 2005 FADE TO BLACK by Alex Flinn, Harper Tempest, April 2005, ISBN: 0-06-056839-9, LIB ISBN: 0-06-056841-0

One evening later this week Brook Haven Middle School will host its annual Open House. I spent a day in Shari's classroom late last week working hard to clean up the disaster zone in preparation for the occasion.

Shari is the school's drama teacher as well as one of the eighth-grade English teachers. Her drama students are notorious for leaving their thrift store purchased costuming
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Caroline
There are not a lot of Young Adult novel with the theme of HIV/AIDS. The new releases on the subject are just a handful each year, but each book published is a new adventure. From the few I have read and the others I have browsed, none are the same, and they all offer something different. Alex Flinn's Fade To Black is no exception and draws a bigger picture around people deemed "different".

The story is told through three different perspectives. From the point of view of the victim, Alex Crusan
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Stephen
When a hate crime happens in a small Florida town, a windshield is smashed and an HIV positive student is hospitalized, the police have a witness but can they believe her? It certainly seems like the "boy in the varsity jacket" was Clinton Cole, a boy who had been giving the victim a hard time but given her Down's syndrome is Daria Bickell's word enough?

This is a short fast paced story told from three distinctly different points of view. Or at least the three POV's seem to be different. What bec
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Alina
Fade to Black
By Alex Finn
Reviewed by Alina Oswald

AIDS anxiety and stigma, prejudice, homophobia, harassment and hate crime, guilt and shame, pretense always clutter the truth. Unfortunately, they are all pieces of our reality and we find them in Alex Finn's Young Adult novel, Fade to Black where, the author-a former attorney-invites us to a small town trial where AIDS fills the courtroom.
The victim-Alejandro Crusan, or Alex-is a Florida junior high-school student attacked and hit with a baseball
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Anna
I loved this. I think Alex Flinn is an amazing writer. I've read four of her books now and each one is so unique and so well written. What I loved about this story was the suspense and that there really was a lot of character development that made this hard to put down.

Alex is the character you like and feel bad for. He's got HIV and the whole school knows, so they treat him like a total outcast. I had a hard time imagining that a school would really tell its entire student body that a kid is H
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Patrick
Perhaps no author since Robert Cormier, or Michael Cadnum in his early works, has dealt head on like Flinn with the violence in the lives of teens. Three teens tell the story of a violent hate crime: Clinton, Daria, and Alex. The victim, Alex is the new kid in school, but outcast due to his HIV status. The suspect, Clinton, has earned his homophobic stripes with past deeds and words, but Flinn develops him as a real person, not a stereotype, so the case isn't as clear cut as it seems. But it is ...more
Ebonne Oiguel
Clinton must find himself a good lawyer that will get him out of trouble. He may or may not be responsible for sending Alex Crusan to the hospital. A witness said that Clinton did it. No one believes Clinton when he says he didn’t do it. Read this book to find out if Clinton could possibly do something like this, or is he innocent. Find out who the witness is.
I think this book is good because there’s a lot of unexpected turn outs in the book. There is also a lot of questions that needs to be an
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bjneary
Aug 07, 2008 bjneary rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens and relucant readers
Shelves: realistic-fiction, ya
I love Alex Flinn's books- they are suspenseful in their treatment of teen life....there is an HIV postive teen who is attacked with a bat in his car and there are 3 different viewpoints about what happened and who did it- it was the author's interest in witness reliability that prompted this book....her characters, their families, school and social scene are dead on---reluctant readers will love this.
Kole Morrissey
The story Fade to Black by: Alex Flinn was an amazing story that kept me on my toes and left me wondering what the solution to the plot was. The main character Alex was an aids patient that was living a lie on how he got this disease. He was made fun of everyday and one day was beaten with a baseball bat while at a stop sign in his car. His main bully was sespected to be guilty of this beating, but in the end it wasn't him all along. This shows me that just because someone has problems or is dif ...more
Ryan
Fade to black is a mystery book that i found to be okay. It told in multiple first person which is cool but it could get kind of confusing at some parts and i wasn't unable to follow the story line too well. The story didnt really have a great climax. I was never really at the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. Everything was very predictable. Also the problems that were in this book werent really that interesting. overall I wasnt really a huge fan of this book. I dont thin ...more
Beth Vandeusen
Fade to Black is a great story that keeps you interested from beginning to end. Alex is a teenager who has HIV. He is bullied at school for it and people are scared to be around him for fear that he will get them sick too. Alex struggles to teach his friends, if you could call them that, that he doesn't need to be a sympathy case and just wants to be treated like a normal kid. When he is attacked and his car window is smashed in, it is all up to Daria, a disabled teen, to give the answers as to ...more
Jennifer Lavoie
I recommended this book to the novel preview team at my school for the high school, and it showed up for the middle school. I'm not sure how it will be taken for that level, but I loved the book. The story is told from three points of view and the narrators were fantastic. Were any of them reliable? Yes and no. It depends on what point of view you decide to look at the story from.

One of the male narrators, Alex, is a teen who is HIV positive. He tells people he contracted the disease from a blo
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Bg
Flinn has done it again. Not only is she one of my favorite authors, she also does a really good job at staying interesting and making you feel satisfied and new by the end of the book. Admittedly, I didn't want to read this book because of the heavy HIV element in the story. I don't like reading about topics to serious, but I took a bullet like a man!

HIV positive character Alex has not only been dealing with bigots at school about his illness, but he also has to deal with it at home. But the re
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Zack Venesile
Fade to Black

Author: Alex Flinn Date Published: 2005 Genre: Realistic Fiction

This story is about a boy named Alex Crusan who has HIV-positive. In the city he lives, people are very judgmental about his disease and think he’s gay and contaminated. The bully that always harasses him is Clinton Cole. He always sends him threats and he even threw a rock at Alex’s house. He bullies Alex because he doesn’t want his sister, who is best friends with Alex’s sister, to get sick. Then one day while Alex is
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Jessica P
It's about a kid named Alex and he has Aids. He got beat up with a baseball bat. This girl named Daria she has a mental problem and sit's in a tree everyday to watch out. Then there is a boy named Clinton who has a problem with just almost everything in life. But Alex goes to Duncan Dounuts every morning because he likes the dounuts and his parents like there coffie. So he was stoped at a stop light and looked at he side mirror and saw a blue school jacket and a baseball bat in someones hand. So ...more
William Herschel
Sep 04, 2009 William Herschel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: short books, perspective of Down's Syndrome or HIV
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Hasan Aladwan
Alejandro (Alex) Crusan and parents move to Pinedale, Florida because of his dad's job transfer. They had no choice as continuous medical insurance coverage was a critical consideration. A new company wouldn't pay their med bills, because of the pre-existing conditions clause. Alex attends Pinedale High in his junior year. Alex is HIV-positive, doing okay, but the disease can progress at any time.
All at Pinedale know of Alex's condition, because school administrators announced it at a student a
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Brad Howitt
Dec 13, 2012 Brad Howitt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 10 and up
Clinton Cole gets in trouble for breaking Alex Crusan’s windshield on his car. Clinton chucked a big rock at his car while the Crusans were at church. This is the first time someone has done something like this to Alex other than people throwing bottles and garbage in his yard. Alex is HIV positive. Clinton doesn't want to sit by Alex because he thinks that Alex is gross for having AIDS.
Daria, a witness of the incident has Down Syndrome. She never lies so will she tell the truth?
Clinton has to
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SARIT
Imagine that using magic has it price. Imagine that this price is very very costly, so the user has to get hear every time he use it. Imagine that the alternative is the cruelest thing in the world. The world Knight created is dark, eerie, and fascinating.
Francis Knight use qualities of the "film noir" - The world is dark, eerie, and fascinating. Layers on layers of the city close on itself from the outside, has some steampmank quality (like blade runner)but more the very very urban dark magic f
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Brad Evans
The book that i did this marking period was Fade to black and the author of the book is alex flinn.When the book was publcated in 2005 and there was no literary awards for the book. My overall opinion about the book is the main three character has lots of problems of there own to detail with. First is that the victim is having the hardest time because he is HIV positive. the witness is having the police come to her house and ask questions about the crime.

The setting of the story was at the hos
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Zane
The book I read for the month of February was called Fade To Black, By Alex Flinn. It is a realistic fiction book that has a very interesting writing style.
The book is about a boy, Alex Crusan who is HIV positive. He is attacked by an unknown enemy. He saw something, but not enough for a positive identification. There is a suspicion that the attacker was Clinton Cole who was seen in the vicinity close to the time of attack. Also there was one other, a mentally challenged child named Daria Bicke
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Marc Mirella
The book Fade to Black, by Alex Flinn is a book open to all young adults. This book is the type of story every teenager can relate to. This story is about a kid that moves to a small town and it explains the life of the kid and how he felt alienated from the rest of the school community because of illness. In my opinion I think that every young adult who reads this can relate to a time in their life in high school. I would recommend this book to anyone who is in High school or anyone who is inte ...more
Cocoa Cabana
Sep 07, 2011 Cocoa Cabana rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like books that make them think.
Recommended to Cocoa by: No-one. I just found it in the library.
I chose this book at random and as one of the protagonists had HIV I wasn't sure what type of read it would be or even whether I would enjoy it at all. Wow. I started the book last night and finished it the next day. It was incredible. I didn't want to go to sleep I wanted to read it so badly and it was the first thing I thought of when I woke up. The characters are so well thought out and the situations. I could see every persons point of view. It was so deep.
The plot features around Alex, His
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Adam
Alex, a teenage boy with HIV is attacked one morning while in his car. The attacker bashes his windows with a baseball bat and also hits Alex. The only witness? A girl their age with down syndrome. The book goes through the victim, the suspect (school bully who claims he did nothing) and the witness, each telling their own story.
This was a quick, mysterious and unusual read by one of my favorite authors. While it did keep me guessing, I felt like there needed to be an action scene. Every good my
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Sam Harrison
I thought the three pov's were a good idea. The story itself, has a good message to it. But I thought the kids having HIV was random. That was probably the message. I don't really have much to say about the book other than it doing all three characters justice
Ashley
Jun 16, 2013 Ashley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I had high hopes for this novel, but it just seemed to lack... something. I enjoyed it, and thought that parts of it were well done, but I also felt that there could have been more to it. I think I would have enjoyed the book a little more if there was some question as to whether Clinton was the one who attacked Alex, the way the summary suggested, but it's pretty clear from the very beginning that something different happened. There were a lot of story lines going on that could have been someth ...more
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