By Rune Michaels
(Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9781416957720, 149pp.)
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
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Orphaned as a child, terrorized by her abusive brother, and haunted by memories, Leia feels exposed, powerless, and vulnerable. When her tormented mind can stand it no longer, she escapes to the zoo, where she finds shelter and seeks refuge. The zoo is a sanctuary: a protective space for families, and a safe place for the traumatized to forget. But can she ever feel safe? Can she ever forget?
Once again, Rune Michaels brings us a harrowing psychological drama that raises questions about the very nature of humanity. This chilling tale will challenge our preconceptions of family, memory, and self, leaving readers wondering, are we the pinnacle of evolution—or are we just animals on display?
"A harrowing read.... Michaels (Nobel Genes, 2010) is strong on style—lean and brutally evocative—and Leia herself is utterly convincing."
--Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2011
“Fix Me is a mind-boggling tale about family abuse and the hardship of coming to terms with being chronically hurt by the people you love. It is sure to have readers on their toes, pondering various twists and turns."
--VOYA, December 2011
“Icelandic author Michaels has created a stark, disturbing world of human violence and psychological abuse, which is juxtaposed against the peaceful caged animals…. Such juxtaposition can only lead readers to ask questions such as, who are the real animals? Which is the real zoo? A harrowing, thought-provoking look at brutality and the nature of humanity.”
--Booklist, December 15, 2011
“This interesting story delves into psychological issues of seeking one’s own identity, searching for sense of self, and many other issues that young teens often face. The zoo setting provides an unique background.”
--Library Media Connection, March/April 2012, Recommended