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ISBN13: 9780670011100
ISBN10: 067001110x
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Publisher Comments:

"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 friend's restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

Review:

"Acute anorexia, self-mutilation, dysfunctional families and the death of a childhood friend — returning to psychological minefields akin to those explored in Speak, Anderson delivers a harrowing story overlaid with a trace of mysticism. The book begins as Lia learns that her estranged best friend, Cassie, has been found dead in a motel room; Lia tells no one that, after six months of silence, Cassie called her 33 times just two days earlier, and that Lia didn't pick up even once. With Lia as narrator, Anderson shows readers how anorexia comes to dominate the lives of those who suffer from it (here, both Lia and Cassie), even to the point of fueling intense competition between sufferers. The author sets up Lia's history convincingly and with enviable economy — her driven mother is 'Mom Dr. Marrigan,' while her stepmother's values are summed up with a prcis of her stepsister's agenda: 'Third grade is not too young for enrichment, you know.' This sturdy foundation supports riskier elements: subtle references to the myth of Persephone and a crucial plot line involving Cassie's ghost and its appearances to Lia. As difficult as reading this novel can be, it is more difficult to put down. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

“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 friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

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“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 friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

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About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Speak, as well as Catalyst, Prom, and Twisted. She is the recipient of the prestigious ALAN Award (2008), which honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature. Ms. Anderson lives in northern New York State with her husband.

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kayla_joy_fernandez, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by kayla_joy_fernandez)
as a fan of Anderson, Wintergirls is my favorite novel of hers. Anderson takes us into realm of eating disorders, the endless cycle of self-hatred. for some the only way out is death.
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Elyse, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by Elyse)
Excellent. Beautifully written. And sad - I felt so bad for Lia. I can't say the book allowed me to fully understand girls with anorexia/bulimia. I should say that I am not a Young Adult,the group this book is written for, but rather a Middle-Aged one. But I do remember something of my teen years, and can relate somewhat to her feeling that no one saw her, or listened to her. I can relate to the loss of her best friend, and the difficulty of dealing with the death of someone your own age.

I don't know if the book helps girls like Lia to overcome their problems, or if it scares them into trying to get "well", which I assume is its goal. But it is a true, moving story which is captivating and educational. The only thing I didn't like about it was its neat and tidy ending, but I suppose it was necessary for the message.
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Jena, November 22, 2009 (view all comments by Jena)
If I were still teaching, I would have multiple copies of this on my classroom shelves. Laurie Halse Anderson has become a favorite YA author amongst both adults and teens alike, and with excellent reason. Her characters are those teens--especially girls--can understand, girls who are survivors of others' crimes or their own malicious webs, girls who develop their strength through the pages, through their own words.

If I have one criticism of Wintergirls (and some of her other "issue" books), it's that Anderson has a tendency to wrap her characters' problems up a little too neatly in the end. But because of the brilliance of the writing--and because otherwise, such books could go on forever--I'll overlook that. Wintergirls is the best Laurie Halse Anderson book I've read since Speak.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780670011100
Author:
Anderson, Laurie
Publisher:
Viking Books
Author:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Anorexia nervosa
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Family - Stepfamilies
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Issues - Depression & Mental Illness
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Situations / Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Depression and Mental Illness
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.48x5.95x1.00 in. .87 lbs.
Age Level:
12-12

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Product details 288 pages Viking Children's Books - English 9780670011100 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Acute anorexia, self-mutilation, dysfunctional families and the death of a childhood friend — returning to psychological minefields akin to those explored in Speak, Anderson delivers a harrowing story overlaid with a trace of mysticism. The book begins as Lia learns that her estranged best friend, Cassie, has been found dead in a motel room; Lia tells no one that, after six months of silence, Cassie called her 33 times just two days earlier, and that Lia didn't pick up even once. With Lia as narrator, Anderson shows readers how anorexia comes to dominate the lives of those who suffer from it (here, both Lia and Cassie), even to the point of fueling intense competition between sufferers. The author sets up Lia's history convincingly and with enviable economy — her driven mother is 'Mom Dr. Marrigan,' while her stepmother's values are summed up with a prcis of her stepsister's agenda: 'Third grade is not too young for enrichment, you know.' This sturdy foundation supports riskier elements: subtle references to the myth of Persephone and a crucial plot line involving Cassie's ghost and its appearances to Lia. As difficult as reading this novel can be, it is more difficult to put down. Ages 12 — up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,

“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 friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

"Synopsis" by ,
#LINK<>#
“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 friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

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