Blood on My Hands

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 9

All it takes is one second. One stupid move. One click of a cell phone.

When Callie discovers Katherine sprawled on the ground, she bends down to help her. It’s only natural—the party’s been a bit wild. And it’s only natural for her to pull out the fake knife, irritated at one more example of Katherine’s callous disregard of other people’s feelings. But the knife is real . . . and bloody. And then Callie hears the click of one cell phone, followed by another, and another. In minutes, images of her holding the bloody knife have gone viral.

Now wanted for murder, Callie is on the run from the police. All the evidence points to her guilt, but she’s determined to prove her innocence, which means . . . the real killer is still out there.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 9
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 304
Publication Date 2010-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.6
Reading Counts! Points 16.0
Text Type Fiction—Mystery
BISACS YAF062000, YAF058120, YAF042000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.1875 x 8
Lexile 750
ATOS Reading Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 139871
Accelerated Reader® Points 9.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed

Author: Todd Strasser

Todd Strasser, author of Give a Boy a Gun, Boot Camp, If I Grow Up, and the Help, I’m Trapped . . . series, has written wildly popular middle-grade and teen books of all genres. When he's not speaking at schools and conferences, he makes his home in a suburb of New York City. Todd is active in a number of sports but enjoys surfing most of all. Visit him online at


  • Wyoming Soaring Eagle Book Award Nominee, Nominated, 2010
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Winner, 2010



“A great deal of dialogue, short chapters, and straightforward diction will make this a quick read for students who enjoy murder mysteries.” —VOYA


“[T]his is a rare teen thriller with an actual mystery that is as quickly paced as it is heart wrenching.” —Booklist