320 pages, 8.25 × 5.75 × 1.15 in
March 26, 2013
Penguin Young Reader Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0525423400
ISBN - 13: 9780525423409
About the Book
Seventeen-year-old Lauren has visions of girls her own age who are gone without a trace. While she tries to understand why they are speaking to her and whether she is next, Lauren has a brush with death and a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.
Read from the Book
HE and I were different, too, but I don’t want to forget all the good things about him. Like how he’s fearless when it comes to braving heights, or breaking and entering; he once scaled the side of my house to reach an open window when I’d locked myself out, balancing on a flimsy gutter high up over the backyard, holding on by his fingertips. There was the way he’d go ahead and do something with me, simply because I asked him to. He didn’t need to know why. Like right then, in the snow. He was lifting the lock to take a look. A puff of his cold breath hung between us, as if reaching out to touch me, but I was just out of range. Just. There I was, watching flurries fall and catch in his hair, those unruly curls of his poking out from under his hoodie, wishing I could tell him about Abby. But Jamie didn’t believe in things like ghosts. And how do you tell a sane, rational person that you’ve had an encounter with one? That you’ve connected somehow with a girl whose face you found on a poster? A girl who went missing right here ? How she’s reaching out to you, you’re sure of it? How she’s trying to communicate something, though you can’t quite make out the message? I think bringing him with me was my way of telling him—but no matter what screamed out in the dark of my head while we stood there together at the gate, I guess he couldn’t hear if I didn’t open my mouth and let it out. OTHER BOOK
From the Publisher
Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace. As Lauren struggles to shake these waking nightmares, impossible questions demand urgent answers: Why are the girls speaking to Lauren? How can she help them? And . . . is she next? As Lauren searches for clues, everything begins to unravel, and when a brush with death lands her in the hospital, a shocking truth emerges, changing everything.
About the Author
Nova Ren Suma has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and a BA in writing & photography from Antioch College, and has been awarded a fiction fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the author of Imaginary Girls as well as Fade Out (formerly titled Dani Noir).
Praise for 17 & Gone:
“This is ingeniously crafted” – BCCB, starred review
“Suma writes beautifully, drawing readers into Lauren’s story and her psyche with painstaking care until the story’s jolting conclusion” – Publisher’s Weekly
“A compelling, skillfully written page-turner” – Booklist
“An engrossing read” – VOYA
“Suma’s exquisite sentence-level writing and fine eye for creepy detail are in abundant evidence” – Kirkus Reviews
“Elegant, riveting, powerful, and poignant, this suspenseful, supernatural tale slips under the skin, inking out a haunting tapestry of menace and madness. Nova Ren Suma is, quite simply, a masterful storyteller and one of my favorite writers.”
– Libba Bray, Printz Award winner and New York Times bestselling author of The Diviners and A Great and Terrible Beauty
“17 & Gone is a sharply compelling story of what happens when we stop seeing what’s in front of us and start looking for what’s already gone. Intricately plotted and surreally imagined... Suma breaks reality and twists it back together in a devastating and beautiful new form.”
– Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of Paranormalcy and Mind Games