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E. Lockhart and Deb Caletti talk about their books.
Join these 2 local award winning authors as they discuss their books and the process of writing.
"A bracing pace, a slew of far-flung locations, and a storyline that runs mostly in reverse will keep readers on their toes, never entirely sure of what these girls are responsible for or capable of." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Captivating . . . bewitching." -- Booklist, Starred Review
"An excellent choice recommended for teens and adults who love twisty mysteries, stories about class conflict, and tough-as-nails teen girls." -- SLJ, Starred Review
"Surprising, thrilling, and beautifully executed in spare, precise, and lyrical prose, Lockhart spins a tragic family drama, the roots of which go back generations. And the ending? Shhhh. Not telling. (But it s a doozy)...This is poised to be big."
- Booklist , starred review
"Lockhart has created a mystery with an ending most readers won t see coming, one so horrific it will prompt some to return immediately to page one to figure out how they missed it. At the center of it is a girl who learns the hardest way of all what family means, and what it means to lose the one that really mattered to you."
- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Riveting, brutal and beautifully told."
- Kirkus, starred review
"The ending is a stunner that will haunt readers for a long time to come."
- School Library Journal, starred review
"A taut psychological mystery marked by an air of uneasy disorientation...The ultimate reveal is shocking both for its tragedy and for the how-could-I-have-not-suspected-that? feeling it leaves us with. But we didn t, which is Lockhart s commendable triumph."
- The Horn Book, starred review
This is a love story as much as it is a psychological mystery Astonishing."
-Shelf Awareness, starred review
"[Deb] Caletti masterfully links Isabelle's and Weary's growing anxiety, ratcheting up tension through dark imagery and sentences that twine and twist as they explore Isabelle's psychological cage. . . . A darkly enchanting romance sinks into a thrilling cat-and-mouse game." --Kirkus Reviews
"Caletti elevates reader discomfort to the maximum in this nuanced suspense novel. . . . The plot builds to a surprising and well-developed conclusion." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"As Caletti combines literary fiction with suspense, she keeps readers guessing until the last page." --Booklist
Two teens meet under unusual and sorrowful circumstances, and together they learn that life is full of both joy and despair. During a morning swim, 18-year-old Mads Murray discovers a woman's body floating in Seattle's Lake Union. When the local news reveals the woman's identity, Mads becomes obsessed with finding proof that Anna Youngwolf Floyd was more than a dead body, that she was a real person with connections to the world. Readers learn Anna's depression drove her to jump off the Aurora Bridge, but Mads, who is no stranger to depression, doesn't know that yet. Mads, in Seattle for the summer for an accelerated real estate course, is the only hope for the survival of her mentally ill mother's business, a fact that fills her with dread.Desperate to know why someone would end her own life, she finds a way to meet Anna's 19-year-old son, kindhearted dog-rescuer Billy, who's ignorant of his connection to Mads. The novel treats depression for what it is: a sometimes-debilitating illness one can't simply snap out of; it's neither a personality flaw nor a shortcoming. Third-person limited perspective alternates between Mads and Billy, resulting in loads of dramatic irony, and Mads and Billy's mutual love of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a sweet leitmotif. The gently chiding and honest narrative voice keeps its astute focus on the characters' emotions and does not plumb the heritage implied by Anna's name. A clear eyed story about love and loss, mental illness, and taking charge of one's own fate.--Kirkus Reviews **STARRED REVIEW** "January 15, 2016 "