When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he's got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn't easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can't complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian--the foster brother he hasn't seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He's still kind hearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what's really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives.

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“I love this book with my whole heart. A LIST OF CAGES is beautifully, achingly real. A
heartbreaking yet hopeful reminder that kindness and love can change the world.”
—Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places


“This is Roe’s first novel, and it’s impressive. Julian’s and Adam’s perspectives alternate,
moments of beauty and humor interspersed with scenes of abuse and violence. While the
crimes she portrays are truly vile, their evil can’t stand up to the goodness in her
protagonists, and the lesson that every kindness matters.”
—The New York Times Book Review


“A remarkably gripping and moving tale of a life saved—in more than one way—by the
power of friendship.”
—Emma Donoghue, author of Room


“A LIST OF CAGES is painful, devastating, beautiful and brilliant.”
—Shelf Awareness (starred review)


“Emotion courses through every sentence of this novel, whether it is love, compassion, or
bone-chilling cruelty. A triumphant story about the power of friendship and of truly being
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


“A page-turner with a lot of compassion.”
—Booklist (starred review)


“A psychologically taut tale of foster brothers unexpectedly reunited . . . Written with
honesty and compassion, this book will resonate with a wide range of readers.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)


“Emotional, visceral, and heartbreaking, this novel offers expertly rendered characters and
beautiful language. A potent and moving work. Do not pass over this book.”
—School Library Journal (starred review)


“Packed with secrets.”
—Teen Vogue


“This is a raw and eye-opening story, destined to spark important and necessary


“You will love both Adam and Julian and rejoice in their friendship.”
—The Children’s Writers Guild


“Robin Roe captures the beautiful friendship and brotherhood of Adam and Julian. I would
give A LIST OF CAGES ten thousand stars.”
—Teen Readers Council


“Powerful, courageous story with two characters that stand up to insurmountable odds.”
—YA Books Central


“The subtlety of Roe’s revelations is brilliant.”


“An unforgettable story of friendship that examines the power of hate and kindness. A must
—Justine Magazine


“Raw, eye-opening, and full of hope.”
—Carlie Sorosiak, author of If Birds Fly Back


“Robin’s writing is evocative and simply beautiful; the story is raw, emotional, thought
provoking and powerful. Adam and Julian have permanent homes in my heart.”
—Tamara Ireland Stone, NY Times best-selling author of Every Last Word and Time
Between Us


“A LIST OF CAGES ripped out my heart and then miraculously patched it back together.
Really special. Look out for this one.”
—Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Conviction


“A LIST OF CAGES is a poignant, hopeful story about loss, grief, abuse, and the
transformative power of friendship. Written with honesty and vulnerability, Robin Roe
shows us exactly what it means to stand up for another person—how love and acceptance
can heal even the deepest of wounds.”
—Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Way I Used to Be



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