Ages 12+
Pages: 320

Scholastic Press, 2014

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine the cause, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love–with only an animal companion for support–and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

YALSA Teens’ Top 10 Nominee

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