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ISBN13: 9780689866241
ISBN10: 0689866240
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Things had been getting a little better until I got a letter from my dead sister. That more or less ruined my day. andlt;BRandgt; When Sunny's older sister, Jazz, ran away to New York, Sunny was secretly relieved. Everyone loved Jazz, talked about Jazz, wished they were friends with Jazz. Jazz was perfect and Sunny was...well, not Jazz. andlt;BRandgt; Then Jazz's apartment building burns to the ground and she is presumed dead. Sunny's family, already broken by divorce, unravels. Dad's drinking skyrockets, and Mom's depression hits an all-time nonfunctioning low. Sunny is left to cope. andlt;BRandgt; Then they get a letter from Jazz saying she is coming home. But how? Jazz is dead, right?

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"As she did with her first novel, Shattering Glass, Giles once again proves that she knows intimately the workings of the adolescent mind, even if the ending here may raise more questions than it answers. 'Things had been getting a little better until I got a letter from my dead sister,' begins 14-year-old narrator Sunny Reynolds. Her 18-year-old sister, Jazz, allegedly perished in a fire in February in New York City, although her remains could not be identified. So when a letter arrives from Jazz in May, saying that she will arrive on Sunday, Sunny has mixed feelings. Since Jazz's death, Sunny's mother has been severely depressed and her father has stepped up his drinking. 'Everybody misses Jazz. Everybody but me,' says Sunny. But the girl who arrives on Sunday is not Jazz. Unraveling the mystery of this girl's true identity keeps the pages turning, but the strength of the novel lies in the convincing interactions between Sunny, her parents and the imposter. Scenes of Sunny and her father tiptoeing around Sunny's emotionally fragile mother raise the stakes, and Sunny's decision to confront the intruder herself is the highlight. Unfortunately, the swift wrap-up (in which Sunny's maternal grandmother arrives and delivers a confusing denouement) undercuts the carefully crafted nuances of complicated familial relationships. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Gail Gilesandlt;/bandgt; has written two other acclaimed YA novels: andlt;Iandgt;Shattering Glassandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Dead Girls Don't Write Letters.andlt;/iandgt; A native Texan, Gail has lived in Chicago and Alaska. She is now living back in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and three cats.

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Louis Skipper, September 20, 2011 (view all comments by Louis Skipper)
very surprised - A school in our area put this on their reading list (middle school), so I thought I'd check it out. It only took about an hour to read, but what an hour. Don't worry, I won't throw any spoilers your way. The blurb on the back explains that the protagonist receives a letter from her sister who died in a fire. What it doesn't tell is that the sister comes home. This isn't a case of The Monkey's Paw, but something isn't right, and what's wrong will definitely have the kids OMG-ing each other as soon as the last page is read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780689866241
Author:
Giles, Gail
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Author:
Il
Author:
Giles, Ga
Subject:
Mysteries, Espionage, & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Mystery
Subject:
Social Situations - Death & Dying
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Social Situations - Runaways
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Social Issues - Runaways
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Death and Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c cvr
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 3.255 oz
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "As she did with her first novel, Shattering Glass, Giles once again proves that she knows intimately the workings of the adolescent mind, even if the ending here may raise more questions than it answers. 'Things had been getting a little better until I got a letter from my dead sister,' begins 14-year-old narrator Sunny Reynolds. Her 18-year-old sister, Jazz, allegedly perished in a fire in February in New York City, although her remains could not be identified. So when a letter arrives from Jazz in May, saying that she will arrive on Sunday, Sunny has mixed feelings. Since Jazz's death, Sunny's mother has been severely depressed and her father has stepped up his drinking. 'Everybody misses Jazz. Everybody but me,' says Sunny. But the girl who arrives on Sunday is not Jazz. Unraveling the mystery of this girl's true identity keeps the pages turning, but the strength of the novel lies in the convincing interactions between Sunny, her parents and the imposter. Scenes of Sunny and her father tiptoeing around Sunny's emotionally fragile mother raise the stakes, and Sunny's decision to confront the intruder herself is the highlight. Unfortunately, the swift wrap-up (in which Sunny's maternal grandmother arrives and delivers a confusing denouement) undercuts the carefully crafted nuances of complicated familial relationships. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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