Burn our Bodies Down by Rory Power
Posted on 04/21/2021
Burn our Bodies Down by Rory Power

“This is a crazy story that will keep you on the edge of your seat with every page.” 

Courtney Brown, Red Bank High School


Burn our Bodies Down by Rory Power is the Hamilton Book of the Week nominated by Red Bank High School. Ever since Margot was born, it's been just her and her mother, struggling to get along. But that's not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she may have just found the answer: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Only, when Margot gets there, it's not what she bargained for.

As soon as they see her face, everyone in town knows who Margot belongs to. It's unmistakable--she's a Nielsen. And when a mysterious girl who could be Margot's twin is pulled from a fire, Margot realizes that her mother left Phalene for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what's still there?

The only thing Margot knows for sure is there's poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she's there, she might never escape


Editorial Reviews


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From Amazon.com:

“Gritty and strange, this sophomore novel is utterly compelling.” —Booklist, starred review 

“Creates a vivid world with a gothic horror–like setting. . . . A riveting, often frightening read.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review


To check out more recommended books in the Hamilton Book of theWeek at https://www.hcde.org/parents___students/suggested_reading.



Hamilton Book of the Week seeks to move Hamilton County Schools closer to district goals found in the Future Ready 2023 action plan.  We hope to encourage kids to read more books for fun by sharing books popular at area schools.  


Goals more students reading will address include:

  • Reading improvement will increase the number of students on-track or mastering English language arts 
  • Improve the district ACT score to a district average of 21     
  • Reach the target goal of a 90 percent graduation rate by 2023