Zen and Xander Undone
By Amy Kathleen Ryan
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780547062488, 224pp.)
Publication Date: May 1, 2010
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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?
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.