208 pages, 8.53 × 5.94 × 0.82 in
March 15, 2011
St. Martin's Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0312555121
ISBN - 13: 9780312555122
About the Book
The award-winning author of "The Chosen One" returns with an equally gripping story of a 13-year-old girl who loves her mother, but must face the truth of what life with that mother means for both of them.
Read from the Book
I There are mice.Lots of mice. Running all over my room. Letting out crying sounds that grate on my ears. They crawl on my feet. My legs. I feel them on my arms. Soft things with toenails like blunt needles.“Momma?” I say. She’s dressed in a long nightgown. Her fingernails are sharp like the tops of just-opened cans. “We gotta get rid of the mice. We gotta call an exterminator.” I hand her an old-fashioned phone.“You’re right, Lacey,” Momma says. But instead, she cuts at her face with her nails. Deep wounds open up, split wide, and blood, dark blood like ink, makes paths down her face to the floor. She cries.“Stop that,” I say. “Stop it now.”But Momma doesn’t listen. Just cuts and cries.* * *I AWOKE with a start, my heart thudding in my neck. My whole body felt like I’d been dunked in an ice bath.“Only a dream,” I said to myself, then glanced at the clock: 3:46 A.M. I started to close my eyes. The wind nudged at the house. I could smell the magnolia tree.Something moved in the corner.“Hello?” I said, clutching my sheet to my chest. “Someone here?”There was no answer.The floor creaked near the closet.“Hello?” I wanted to sit up in bed, but I couldn’t quite move.“Granddaddy?” My voice came out small. It felt like all the hair on my head was trying to get away from me.“Lacey?”Fear flashed a white streak behind my eyes. I gave a jump. “Granddaddy?”“Lacey?”Momma! It was Momma! Crying out a second time from her room. Her voice sad and scared and weepy. So the crying part of my
From the Publisher
"Imagine Anna Quindlen or Sue Miller turning her attention to writing a young adult novel, and you have an idea what [Williams] has done for early teen readers." --Audrey Couloumbis, author of the Newbery Honor Book Getting Close to Baby
Thirteen-year-old Lacey wakes to a beautiful summer morning excited to begin her new job at the library, just as her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother's ghosts have finally been laid to rest; after all, she seems so much better these days, and they really do need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control....
"No one can get inside the head and heart of a 13-year-old girl better than Carol Lynch Williams, and I mean no one," said James S. Jacobs, Professor of Children's Literature at Brigham Young University, of her breakout novel, The Chosen One. Now this award-winning YA author brings us an equally gripping story of a girl who loves her mother, but must face the truth of what life with that mother means for both of them.
About the Author
Carol Lynch Williams is the author of young adult novels including The Chosen One, which was named one of 2010 ALA's "Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers" and "Best Books for Young Adult Readers." It also won the Whitney and the Association of Mormon Letters awards for the best young adult fiction of the year, as well as numerous other honors. Williams was the winner of the 2009 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. She grew up in Florida and now lives in Utah.
Makes the heart race, the teeth grind, and the brow bead up in sweat.