Book reviews of YA lit and more

As a middle school librarian and hopeful reader of Missouri's high school award books (Gateway nominees), I am reading and reviewing as many young adult and middle grade novels as I can while working on my own writing for this age group.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Without Tess- Marcella Pixley

Lizzy's older sister, Tess, is everything to her.  She is the inventor of a magical world where the sisters become pegasus, selkies, werewolves, anything they can imagine.  All seems like well until Tess seems to take the imagining farther and farther, trying to drag Lizzie along with her.  The pills and trips to doctors do not seem to cure Tess and she finally ends up dead.  You learn in this book as Lizzie goes through Tess's journal full or poems and drawings, how twisted Tess's world was and how difficult it is for Lizzie to pick up the pieces of her now seemingly empty life even five years later.  It does end on a more hopeful note and Lizzie begins to deal with Tess's death.  This book is very artfully written.  The characters are beautifully descripted.  I think adults and teenagers would both love this!

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