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Publisher Comments:

Tess and Lizzie are sisters, sisters as close as can be, who share a secret world filled with selkies, flying horses, and a girl who can transform into a wolf  in the middle of the night. But when Lizzie is ready to grow up, Tess clings to their fantasies. As Tess sinks deeper and deeper into her delusions, she decides that she cant live in the real world any longer and leaves Lizzie and her family forever. Now, years later, Lizzie is in high school and struggling to understand what happened to her sister. With the help of a school psychologist and Tesss battered journal, Lizzie searches for a way to finally let Tess go.

Review:

"With pensive and darkly lyrical prose, Pixley (Freak) immerses readers in the harsh realities of mental illness and its far-reaching effects. Growing up, sisters and best friends Tess and Lizzie fill their days with magical games, pretending to turn into flying horses and selkies. But as the girls grow older, Lizzie is ready to leave flights of fancy behind while Tess sinks deeper and deeper into her fantasies. In turns dreamy and disturbing, Pixley's story reveals how Lizzie worships fiercely imaginative Tess but suffers as a result of her delusions. When Tess decides that she can't bear the real world any longer, her actions trigger a maelstrom of guilt, grief, and shame that burden the now 15-year-old Lizzie, five years later. Under the guidance of a therapist, acerbic Lizzie revisits Tess's journal (Tess's sublime but sinister poems appear between the book's chapters). Slowly, she inches her way toward understanding the dizzying power of the bond that still holds her to Tess. Pixley's memory play is a difficult, sadly beautiful ode to a complex and heartbreaking issue. Ages 12 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Marcella Pixley is a middle school language arts teacher and a writer. Her poetry has been published in various literary journals, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first book, Freak, received four starred reviews and was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. She lives in Westford, Massachusetts, with her husband and two sons.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374361747
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Author:
Pixley, Marcella
Subject:
Social Issues/Emotions
Subject:
Feelings
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

Related Subjects

Children's » Reference » Family and Genealogy
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Death and Dying
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Depression and Mental Illness
Young Adult » General

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Product details 304 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374361747 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "With pensive and darkly lyrical prose, Pixley (Freak) immerses readers in the harsh realities of mental illness and its far-reaching effects. Growing up, sisters and best friends Tess and Lizzie fill their days with magical games, pretending to turn into flying horses and selkies. But as the girls grow older, Lizzie is ready to leave flights of fancy behind while Tess sinks deeper and deeper into her fantasies. In turns dreamy and disturbing, Pixley's story reveals how Lizzie worships fiercely imaginative Tess but suffers as a result of her delusions. When Tess decides that she can't bear the real world any longer, her actions trigger a maelstrom of guilt, grief, and shame that burden the now 15-year-old Lizzie, five years later. Under the guidance of a therapist, acerbic Lizzie revisits Tess's journal (Tess's sublime but sinister poems appear between the book's chapters). Slowly, she inches her way toward understanding the dizzying power of the bond that still holds her to Tess. Pixley's memory play is a difficult, sadly beautiful ode to a complex and heartbreaking issue. Ages 12 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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