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Wintergirlsby Laurie Halse Anderson
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aDead girl walking, a the boys say in the halls.
aTell us your secret, a 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 friendas restless spirit.
In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Liaas descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.
Six years after Cassie and Lia resolved to become the skinniest girls in their school, Cassie dies. Unable to bear the sadness and guilt following Cassie's death, Lia spirals deeper into her own eating disorder. Elijah, the last person to see Cassie alive, helps Lia find the strength to face her own demons and enter recovery.
The New York Times bestselling story of a friendship frozen between life and death
Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her. In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all: hope.
About the Author
Laurie Halse Anderson is the recipient of both the Margaret A. Edwards Award and the ALAN Award, both of which honor her contributions to young adult literature. Best-known for National Book Award Finalist Speak, she is also the author of Catalyst, Prom and Twisted, as well as the Vet Volunteers series for younger readers, Fever, 1793, and Chains (also a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction). She lives in Northern New York State with her husband.
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