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Author: Rice, Luanne
Publisher: Point/ Scholastic
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9780545839556
Grades: Grades 9 to 12

The Secret Language of Sisiters

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New York Times best-selling adult fiction author Luanne Rice pens her debut YA contemporary novel, bringing mature readers today’s issue of texting while driving in a real and heart-breaking way. Sixteen- year-old Roo is a perfect teen, pretty, popular, intelligent, and a talented photographer heading to college, while her fourteen-year-old sister Tilly and best friend is carefree and less focused, with a quick temper.Their lives are drastically changed when Tilly angrily texts her sister while waiting for a ride, and Roo responds to the text with near fatal consequences, waking up in the hospital paralyzed with “lockdown syndrome,” seemingly in a coma but actually completely aware. Told in alternating voices, Roo relates the powerful journey through the accident and hospitalization, while Tilley grapples with overwhelming guilt and tries to communicate with her sibling. This cautionary tale about cell phone use while driving follows the two devoted sisters whose bond ultimately allows this uplifting tribute to sisterhood to end on a positive note.

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