“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.

“Tell us your secrets,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.

I am that girl.

I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.

I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia’s mother is busy saving other people’s lives. Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia’s head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way – thin, thinner, thinnest – maybe she’ll disappear altogether.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the National Book Award finalist Speak, bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl’s chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia.

A brutal and poetic deconstruction of how one girl stealthily vanishes into the depths of anorexia.

—Booklist *Starred review*

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    • National Awards
    • Junior Library Guild Selection
    • New York Times Bestseller List
    • ALA Best Book for Young Adults
    • ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults
    • Amelia Bloomer Project
    • State Awards
    • New Hampshire Flume Award Nominee 2010-2011
    • Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee 2011-2012
    • North Carolina YA Book Award Nominee 2010-2011
    • Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee 2011
    • Keystone to Reading Book Award Nominee 2010-2011 (Pennsylvania)
    • School Library Media Association Young Book Award Nominee 2011 (North Carolina)
    • Thumbs Up! Book Award Nominee 2011 (Michigan)
    • Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List 2009-2010
    • Pennsylvania School Library Association’s YA Top 40 Reading List 2009 & 2010
    • Tayshas High School Reading List 2009 (Texas)
    • Grand Canyon Reader Award (Arizona) Teen Nominee
    • Capitol Choices Noteworthy Books for Children (DC)
    • Kansas State Reading Circle Catalog
    • Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best Books of 2009
    • New York Public Library’s 2010 Stuff for the Teen Age
    • Rhode Island Teen Book Award nominee
    • Georgia Peach Book Award nominee
    • Arizona Teen Recommended List Nominee
    • Milwaukee County Teen Book Award
    • Bookseller and Media Recognition
    • IndieNext List Top 10 Picks, Spring 2009
    • Starred review, Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
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    • Starred review, Kirkus
    • Starred review, Publishers Weekly
    • Starred review, School Library Journal
    • Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of 2009
    • Kirkus Best YA Books of 2009
    • Bookpage Best Books of 2009: Teen reads
    • Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice Titles (2009)
    • BCCB Blue Ribbon (2009)
    • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults (2010)
    • Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2010)
    • 2009 Cuffies Favorite YA Novel of the Year – Honorable Mention
    • Top Ten Influential Books of the Decade, Chicago Tribune

    • “Anderson perfectly captures the isolation and motivations of the anorexic without ever suggesting that depression and eating disorders are simply things to ‘get over’” — Kirkus Reviews *Starred Review*
    • “ devastating portrait of the extremes of self-deception. This is a brutal and poetic deconstruction of how one girl stealthily vanishes into the depths of anorexia.” — Booklist *Starred Review*
    • “Lia's guilt, her need to be thin, and her fight for acceptance ubravel in an almost poetic stream of consciousness in this stratingly crisp and pitch-perfect first-[erson narrative..” — School Library Journal *Starred Review*
    • “Readers will be absorbed by this gripping tale of grief, anger, and self-torture. ” — BCCB *Starred Review*
    • Anderson delivers a harrowing story overlaid with a trace of mysticism...As difficult as reading this novel can be, it is more difficult to put down.. ” — Publishers Weekly *Starred Review*
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