The Decoding of Lana Morris

By Laura McNeal; Tom McNeal
(Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780375831225, 289pp.)

Publication Date: January 12, 2010

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Sixteen-year-old Lana Morris wishes her life were different, that she were somewhere else, some"one "else. Her foster mother wants her gone, she's stuck taking care of the other kids in the house, she longs to become closer to her foster father, and the only cool people around refuse to acknowledge her. Then Lana stumbles into Miss Hekkity's mysterious shop, and she begins to realize that she might actually have the power to change things--to make some of her wishes come true. But wishing isn't always as harmless as it seems. . . .
Award-winning authors Laura and Tom McNeal weave a warmhearted and suspenseful story about the power--and danger--of a wish.

"From the Hardcover edition.




About the Author
Laura Rhoton McNeal holds a master s degree in fiction writing from Syracuse University. She taught middle school and high school English before becoming a novelist and journalist. Together, Laura and her husband, Tom McNeal, are the authors of Crooked, winner of the California Book Award for Juvenile Literature and an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults; Zipped, winner of the PEN Center USA Literary Award for Children s Literature; Crushed (called compelling by Publishers Weekly); and The Decoding of Lana Morris, a Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year. The McNeals live in Southern California with their two sons, Sam and Hank. To learn more, please visit the authors Web site at www.mcnealbooks.com.

Tom McNeal was born in Santa Ana, California, where his father and grandfather raised oranges. He spent part of every summer at the Nebraska farm where his mother was born and raised, and after earning a BA in English at UC Berkeley and an MFA in creative writing at UC Irvine, he taught school in the town that was the inspiration for his first novel, Goodnight, Nebraska. Tom has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his short stories have been widely anthologized.
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