Zen and Xander Undone

Zen and Xander Undone

By Amy Kathleen Ryan

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780547062488, 224pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2010

Zen and Xander are sisters truly, madly, deeply sisters, and this is their last summer together.

Zen is the "good" girl with a black belt in karate and a newfound penchant for kicking heads. Xander is a wild scientific genius with a self-destructive streak a light-year long. They have three things in common: they re brown-eyed blondes, they ve noticed the boy next door has turned into a hottie, and they miss their mom, who died almost a year ago. These sisters are surviving just fine except Zen keeps getting into fights that are harder and harder to finish, whileXander spirals into a vortex of late-night parties, scary men, and drugs. What's worse, Xander has scholarships to the most coveted universities in the country, but she's about to ruin everything. Should Zen keep trying to protect Xander, or finally let her go?

About the Author

Amy Kathleen Ryan earned an M.A. in English literature and graduated from the New School Creative Writing for Children Program. She now lives with her family in Colorado.

Praise For Zen and Xander Undone

"Zen’s frank narration—full of longing and hard-won insight—draws readers in and won’t let go."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Vivid emotions and unexpected events keep the reader engaged as the characters grow and find a way back to themselves."--Booklist