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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy Debut YA Book Birthday

 Ok - so I missed a week, but I'm back and ready to celebrate.  Who's with me?!?!  Let's give a huge shout out to this debut YA novelist celebrating her first ever book birthdays:
August 18th:
Sign Language by Amy Ackley (this book won the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for YA Fiction)
Inspired by the loss of her father and two close friends to cancer, Sign Language tells the story of twelve-year-old Abby North. Her first hint that something is wrong with her dad is the scar that appears on his stomach after he goes in for kidney surgery. Soon, the thing she calls "It" has a real name: cancer. Before, her biggest concerns were her annoying brother, the crush unaware of her existence, and her changing feelings for her best friend, Spence. Now, her mother cries in the shower, her father is exhausted, and nothing is normal anymore. Nancy Werlin said the novel "tells its story beautifully and movingly, and it earns its hopeful ending. Ackley is without question a talented writer."


Lisa_Gibson said...

This sounds great. I'll have to be sure and check it out. Thanks for the heads up. :)
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Sounds like a good read. I'll watch for it.


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