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Author: Alaya Dawn Johnson Narrator: Simone Missick Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9780545783903
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John Grisham’s The Pelican Brief meets Michael Crichton’s The Amdromeda Strain in this novel set at an elite Washington, DC, prep school.

Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington’s elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital days later, with no memory of the end of the night.

Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart: A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something—something about the virus, something about her parents’ top-secret scientific work, something she shouldn’t know.

The only one whom Bird can trust is Coffee, a quiet, outsider genius who deals drugs to their classmates and is a firm believer in conspiracy theories. And he believes in Bird. But as Bird and Coffee dig deeper into what really happened that night, Bird finds that she might know more than she remembers. And what she knows could unleash the biggest government scandal in US history.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This action-packed narrative is beautifully complicated by [Emily] Bird’s persistent identity crisis, through which the personal and the political collide. As a black girl growing up in Washington, Bird is keenly aware of the city’s racial and socio-economic inequities, systemic injustices thrown into sharp relief by the pandemic crisis…Johnson captures wondrously complex dynamics in the simplest of interactions.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Johnson blends high school drama, cloak-and-dagger intrigue, race and class inequities, coming of age, and a passionate love story, blending these disparate elements into a narrative that both requires and repays attention. Watching Bird make her way through a world filled with dangers—biological, political, personal—and find not just love but also herself makes for rewarding reading.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Simone Missick narrates in a low, serious tone that befits this thriller…Missick creates a tentative voice for Bird as she tries to piece together what happened to her…Missick’s precise enunciation speaks to the privileged air of Bird’s Washington DC prep-school world, and her subtle but clear distinction between voices furthers character development. The combination of intrigue, drama, action, and romance will engage listeners.”


  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014 for Teens

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About the Author

Alaya Dawn Johnson is the author of six novels for adults and young adults. Her novel The Summer Prince was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Her short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Interzone, Subterranean, Zombies vs. Unicorns, and Welcome to Bordertown. In addition to the Norton, she has won the Cybils and Nebula Awards and been nominated for the Indies Choice Award and Locus Award.

About the Narrator

Simone Missick is an actress based in Los Angeles. She has worked on television and in theater, earning nominations for her roles in the short film Voicemail and the play the road weeps, the well runs dry. Love Is the Drug is her first audio narration.