After Zero

byChristina Collins

Paperback | August 6, 2019

After Zero by Christina Collins
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Powerful and poetic."-John David Anderson, author of Posted and Ms. Bixby's Last Day
Elise carries a notebook full of tallies, each page marking a day spent at her new public school, each stroke of her pencil marking a word spoken. A word that can't be taken back. Five tally marks isn't so bad. Two is pretty good. But zero? Zero is perfect. Zero means no wrong answers called out in class, no secrets accidentally spilled, no conversations to agonize over at night when sleep is far away.
But now months have passed, and Elise isn't sure she could speak even if she wanted to-not to keep her only friend, Mel, from drifting further away-or to ask if anyone else has seen her English teacher's stuffed raven come to life. Then, the discovery of a shocking family secret helps Elise realize that her silence might just be the key to unlocking everything she's ever hoped for. . .
Praise for After Zero:
"A striking, masterfully-voiced debut with the haunting force of myth."-Julie Berry, Printz Honor author of The Passion of Dolssa, All the Truth That's in Me, and The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place.
"This tender and truthful book stays with you long after the words have gone."-Patricia Forde, author of The List
"A must read. After Zero reminds us of so many loved ones of those suffering from anxiety or depressive disorders. It is a story that will hopefully foster empathy and maybe even communication with our 'quiet' peers."-Wesley King, author of OCDaniel
2019 Texas Lone Star List
Christina Collins grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Northern Ireland, where she's always on the lookout for castle ruins and secret gardens. She holds an MFA in creative writing from George Mason University and is pursuing a PhD in creative writing at Queen's University Belfast. She has taught at both universities and has been ...
Title:After ZeroFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 8.15 X 5.75 X 0.71 inShipping dimensions:256 pages, 8.15 X 5.75 X 0.71 inPublished:August 6, 2019Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1492697354

ISBN - 13:9781492697350

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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