Glimpse Cover


By Carol Lynch Williams

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, Paperback, 9781416997313, 484pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2012

This stunning and PEN Award winning novel of triumph over trauma is a page-turner for Ellen Hopkins fans (Kirkus Reviews").
In one moment
"it is over.
"In one moment
"it is gone.
"Twelve-year-old Hope's life is turned upside down when her older sister, Lizzie, becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself. Hope and Lizzie have relied on each other from a young age, ever since their dad died. Their mother, who turns tricks to support her family, is a reluctant and unreliable parent at best. During the course of this lyrical and heartbreaking narrative, told in blank verse from an exceptionally promising YA voice, readers will discover the chilling reason why Lizzie has stopped speaking and why Hope is the only one who can bring the truth to light and save her sister.

About the Author
Award-winning author of more than twenty-five books and a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults, Carol Lynch Williams facilitates a week-long workshop to help writers get published ( She lives in Utah with her family. Visit her at her blog, Throwing Up Words.

Praise For Glimpse

"Glimpse is a subtle punch in the gut. Williams’ demonstrates how courage, resilience, and love can help young people in the most dire of situations survive. This is a book I will read again and one I will recommend to teachers and to my own students." -- Chris Crowe, author, professor at BYU and former ALAN president.

" An edge-of-the-seat thriller written in sharp, glinting shards of words. Held in, held back, whispered and shouted. Fantastic!" -- Tim Wynne-Jones, author of the Uninvited

"A brutal, gripping story." --BOOKLIST

"A page-turner for Ellen Hopkins fans."—KIRKUS

"This well-paced, raw novel-in-verse is a worthy purchase, especially for Ellen Hopkins's fans who are looking for another verse novel in which teens overcome dire circumstances."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, August 2010