Wintergirls (Hardcover)

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Wintergirls (Hardcover)


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“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” 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 are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twitsted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O’Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at
Product Details ISBN: 9780670011100
ISBN-10: 067001110X
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 19th, 2009
Pages: 288
Language: English
“Anderson writes a beautiful, heart-wrenching, and important novel with Wintergirls.—Detroit Free Press

“A fearless, riveting account of a young woman in the grip of a deadly illness.” —The New York Times

“Laurie Halse Anderson is the reigning queen of teen tumult. [Wintergirls] is a fierce novel.”—Newsday

“A startlingly crisp and pitch-perfect first-person narrative.” —SLJ, starred review

“As difficult as reading this novel can be, it is even more difficult to put down.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Anderson perfectly captures the isolation and motivations of the anorexic.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Anderson illuminates a dark but utterly realistic world . . .This is necessary reading.”—Booklist, starred review

“Readers will be absorbed by this gripping tale.”—BCCB, starred review

“Wintergirls cracks open the riddle . . . of eating disorders. Anderson plunges readers inside the head of 18-year-old Lia.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“What makes Wintergirls different? Three words: Laurie Halse Anderson.”—South Florida Sun Sentinel

“This chilling tale acutely conveys Lia’s powerful psychological battle.” —Chicago Tribune

“All of [Anderson’s] books have a driving force; they can’t be put down. A poignant and lyrical novel.”—Raleigh News & Observer

“A vivid expedition inside the mind of a girl who is dying to be thin. Anderson offers a gripping perspective of Lia’s inner turmoil and her isolation.” —Buffalo News

“With naked emotion, brutal honesty and a narrative that’s simultaneously captivating and claustrophobic, Wintergirls gives readers a haunting window into the disordered thinking behind eating disorders.” —BookPage

“Lia’s struggles will touch your heart and make you think about this book long after you set it down.” —Justine magazine

“Anderson presents a tale every bit as haunting and immediate as her debut novel [Speak].” —Shelf Awareness