Dying to Know You
By Aidan Chambers
(Bodley Head, Hardcover, 9780370332369)
Publication Date: April 2012
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2012 Kids' Next List
“Karl, a young man diagnosed with dyslexia, has fallen for Fiorella, a young aspiring writer who insists that if Karl truly loves her, he will write to tell her how he feels. Karl, ashamed of his condition, approaches Fiorella's favorite author and convinces him to write the letters Fiorella desires. The 75-year-old author attempts to put himself in the shoes of a shy, secretive, 18-year-old -- not unlike himself at that age -- and writes his first letter to Fiorella. Is the author doing Karl a favor, or is Karl doing the author a favor? Chambers delivers another award-caliber novel full of teenage angst, love, and wisdom about finding your true passion no matter your age.”
-- Karen Briggs, Great Northern Books and Hobbies, Oscoda, MI
In this contemporary love story, Karl enlists a famous writer to help him impress his girlfriend, Fiorella. She has asked Karl to write her a letter in which he reveals his true self. But Karl isn't convinced he's good enough with words, so he tracks down Fiorella's favorite author and begs him to take up the task.