Wintergirls from Laurie Halse Anderson, the author of Speak.
On Sale March 19, 2009
Dead girl walking, the boys say in the halls.
Tell us your secret, the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.
Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friends restless spirit.
In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lias descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.
Five Starred Reviews for Wintergirls:
"A devastating portrait of the extremes of self-deception." -Booklist, starred review
"As difficult as reading this novel can be, it is even more difficult to put down." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Anderson perfectly captures the isolation and motivations of the anorexic." -Kirkus Reviews starred review
"The intensity of emotion and vivid language here are more reminiscent of Anderson's Speak..." -School Library Journal, starred review
"Readers will be absorbed by this gripping tale..." -BCCB, starred review
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