Lost for Words
By Alice Kuipers
(HarperTeen, Hardcover, 9780061429224, 224pp.)
Publication Date: May 2010
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My New Year's resolution: I'm moving on from everything that's happened. I'm not going to talk about it, think about it, let the memory pounce upon me like a waiting tiger, nothing.
All Sophie wants to do is forget. But it's not easy now that everything's changed. The house feels too big, school drags on for too long, lights are too bright, the room spins, and her hands get sweaty for no reason. And she can't remember why she was ever best friends with Abigail, who is obsessed with parties and boys. Only the new girl, Rosa-Leigh, with her prose poems and utter confidence, might understand. But talking to her seems impossible.
Lost in memories of the life she once had, Sophie retreats into herself. But there's only so long she can keep everything bottled up inside before she explodes. Maybe by confronting the tragedy of her past she'll figure out how to fix her future.
ALICE KUIPERS is the author of Life on the Refrigerator Door. Sold in twenty-nine countries, it was the winner of the Saskatchewan First Book Award, the Sheffield Libraries Choice Award and the Grand Prix de Viarmes. It was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and was named a New York Times Book for the Teen Age. Her second YA novel, The Worst Thing She Ever Did, published in eight territories to critical acclaim, was shortlisted for the White Pine Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. She lives in Saskatoon. Visit her at alicekuipers.com.
“This novel is gorgeous, heart-ripping, important.”
-Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
“Kuipers artfully manages to make Sophie’s tale achingly real and yet still hopeful. Her distinct, first–person voice and quirky details shine through the dark tragedy, giving familiar themes a fresh take.”
“Touching and realistic.”
-School Library Journal
“The emotional portraits of Sophie and those around her ring true.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Kuipers’s...delicately details the complexities of the grief process.”