Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pretty Girl 13 by Liz Coley

Angie disappeared on a camping trip several years ago and walks into her parents’ house now, three years older, with thick scars around her ankles and no explanation.  She is unaware that three years have passed and she has no memory of what has happened.  While not an urban book by any stretch, teen girl readers at Belmont continue to clamor for this book, drawn in by the horror, mystery and suspense of Angie’s situation.  Teachers and counselors will want to know that this novel includes instances of sexual abuse and a gentle exploration of Disassociative Identity Disorder (DID).  Back matter includes an author’s note explaining her authorial decisions and suggested resources for more information.  Recommended for independent reading for teens and bookclubs for teen girls. --Jessica Fenster-Sparber

Coley, Liz.  Pretty Girl 13.  New York: HarperCollins, 2013.  Print.

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