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Optimists Die First

by Susin Nielsen

Optimists Die First Synopsis

Award-winning author Susin Nielsen has written a laugh-out-loud and heartrending novel for fans of Robyn Schneider's Extraordinary Means and Cammie McGovern's Say What You Will. Beware: Life ahead. Sixteen-year-old Petula de Wilde is anything but wild. A former crafting fiend with a happy life, Petula shut herself off from the world after a family tragedy. She sees danger in all the ordinary things, like crossing the street, a bug bite, or a germy handshake. She knows: life is out to get you. The worst part of her week is her comically lame mandatory art therapy class with a small group of fellow misfits. Then a new boy, Jacob, appears at school and in her therapy group. He seems so normal and confident, though he has a prosthetic arm; and soon he teams up with Petula on a hilarious project, gradually inspiring her to let go of some of her fears. But as the two grow closer, a hidden truth behind why he's in the groupthreatens to derail them, unless Petula takes a huge risk. . . Praise: Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year ';Nielsen writes with sensitivity, empathy, and humor.' Kirkus Reviews, Starred';Nielsen excels at depicting troubled, clever teenagers in familiar environments.'School Library Journal, Starred';[An] empathic and deeply moving story, balanced by sharply funny narration and dialogue.'Publishers Weekly, Starred ';A poignant exploration into the nuances of healing.' Quill and Quire, Starred

Book Information

ISBN: 9781524723057
Publication date: 21st February 2017
Author: Susin Nielsen
Publisher: Books on Tape Listening Library
Format: eBook

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