Impossible (Paperback)

By Nancy Werlin

Speak, 9780142414910, 384pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (9/18/2008)
MP3 CD (8/18/2015)
Compact Disc (11/20/2008)
Paperback (2/1/2010)
MP3 CD (11/20/2008)
MP3 CD (11/20/2008)
Compact Disc (11/20/2008)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (4/1/2009)

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Fall 2008 Kids' List

“This lyrical novel, inspired by the ballad 'Scarborough Fair,' tells of an unbreakable curse passed from mother to daughter over generations. A story of family and hope, it conjures indelible images as it spins a tale of love conquering all else, and the impossible made possible.”
— Beth Simpson, Cornerstone Books, Salem, MA
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Description

A beautifully wrought modern fairy tale from master storyteller and award-winning author Nancy Werlin

Inspired by the classic folk ballad “Scarborough Fair,” this is a wonderfully riveting novel of suspense, romance, and fantasy. Lucy is seventeen when she discovers that she is the latest recipient of a generations-old family curse that requires her to complete three seemingly impossible tasks or risk falling into madness and passing the curse on to the next generation. Unlike her ancestors, though, Lucy has family, friends, and other modern resources to help her out. But will it be enough to conquer this age-old evil?


About the Author

Nancy Werlin writes YA fiction that ranges from realistic fiction to suspense to fantasy, often breaking the boundaries between genres. Her books have gathered awards too numerous to mention, but including National Book award finalist, Edgar award winner and finalist, New York Times bestseller, L.A. Book Prize finalist, and IndieBound Top Ten. Nancy's first novel, Are You Alone on Purpose, was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start pick.
 
Of Nancy's suspense fiction, Sarah Weinman says, "Chances are, many of you haven't heard of this author. That would be a shame, because she's simply one of the best crime novelists going right now. Period." These titles are where Nancy habitually breaks genre-separation rules and include The Rules of Survival (a National Book Award finalist), The Killer's Cousin (Edgar award winner), Locked Inside (Edgar award nominee), Black Mirror (which the Washington Post called "an edge-of-your seat thriller"), and Double Helix (named to multiple best-of-year book lists). 
 
Nancy's unusual fantasy fiction was inspired by the ballad Scarborough Fair and includes the loose trilogy Impossible (a New York Times bestseller), Extraordinary (featuring a rare thing in fantasy fiction: a Jewish heroine), and her personal beloved, Unthinkable. 
 
For fun, Nancy also writes and draws a graphic memoir in comics, using her Tumblr to self-publish an episode three times a week. 
 
Her favorite book in all the world is Jane Eyre. 
 
A graduate of Yale, Nancy lives near Boston, Massachusetts with her husband.


Praise For Impossible

"A haunting, thrilling romantic puzzle. Just read it."--Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked
* “Werlin earns high marks for the tale's graceful interplay between wild magic and contemporary reality.”
Booklist, starred review
* “Modern logic and methodology mesh splendidly with fairy lore...The conclusion is startlingly wholesome, comfortable and complete ...the melding of magic and practicality produces a lovely whole.”
Kirkus, starred review
* “Teens, especially young women, will enjoy this romantic fairy tale with modern trappings.”
School Library Journal, starred review
* “Modern logic and methodology mesh splendidly with fairy lore...The conclusion is startlingly wholesome, comfortable and complete ...the melding of magic and practicality produces a lovely whole.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Accolades for Impossible:

A New York Times bestseller
ALA Best Book for YA
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Booklist Editor's Choice
VOYA Editors’ Choice
IndieBound List (Top Ten)
Many state and city awards (including. TX, GA, DC, KY, PA, and MA);