Cover of: The mailbox | Audrey Shafer

The mailbox

1st ed.

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Published by Delacorte Press in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Vernon Culligan had been dead to the town of Draydon, Virginia, so long that when the crusty Vietnam vet finally died, only one person noticed. Twelve-year-old Gabe grew up in the foster care system until a social worker located his Uncle Vernon two years before. When he comes home to discover that his uncle has died of a heart attack, he's terrifed of going back into the system--so he tells no one. The next day, he discovers a strange note in his mailbox: I HAVE A SECRET. DO NOT BE AFRAID. And his uncle's body is gone. Thus begins a unique correspondence destined to save the two people that depended on Vernon for everything. Through flashbacks, we learn about Gabe and Vernon's relationship, and how finding each other saved them both from lives of suffering. But eventually, Vernon's death will be discovered, and how will Gabe and the mystery note writer learn to move forward? THE MAILBOX is not a story about death--though it begins with a death. It's also not a story about Vietnam vets, although the author works with Vietnam veterans and wrote this novel, in part, to illuminate their sacrifices and suffering. THE MAILBOX is a story about connections--about how two people in need can save each other.From the Hardcover edition.

About the Edition

When twelve-year-old Gabe tries to hide his uncle's death from the local authorities, he is not prepared for what happens when this secret is discovered.

Edition Notes


Accelerated Reader/Renaissance Learning MG 5.0 6.

A Junior Library Guild selection.

Juvenile fiction.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
PZ7.S527282 Mai 2006

The Physical Object

178 p. ;
Number of pages

ID Numbers

Open Library
Internet Archive
0385733445, 0385903618
9780385733441, 9780385903615
LC Control Number
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