All These Lives
By Sarah Wylie
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374302085, 256pp.)
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
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Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away. To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one.
Sarah Wylie has been writing for as long as she can remember. In May 2011, she graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a degree in Neuroscience. She lives in Canada. This is her first novel.
"[a] gripping chronicle of the way one girl grapples with domestic catastrophe.”--Kirkus
“…fans of compelling family dramas will be glad that [Dani’s] finally choosing to live her own life rather than giving it away.”--BCCB, starred
“…realistic and poignant.”--VOYA
“…will speak to teens…”--School Library Journal