There are friends, I think, we can't imagine living
without. People who are sisters to us, or brothers.
Jimmy was one of those.
-- from Say Goodnight, Gracie
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Something scary is happening to seventeen-year-old Jamie
Tessman. Ever since she and her mother arrived in Chicago,
she's been plagued by freaky mind-slips and vivid daydreams
about her sort-of-boyfriend Webb. When Jamie's inner world
starts holding her hostage, she becomes terrified that she is
slowly losing her mind. Jamie's mom doesn't seem to notice
anything is wrong. No one does--until Jamie meets Morgan, a new friend
who's had her own "brush with nuttiness." When Jamie disappears into her
inner world one night and can't find her way out, Morgan sees to it that
Jamie finally gets the help she desperately needs. Morgan's aunt, a
psychiatrist, breaks through Jamie's paralyzing fear and eventually helps
her unravel a tangle of long-forgotten, horrifying secrets in her past...
The Night I Disappeared is the sequel to Say Goodnight,
Gracie. It has been translated into Japanese and Italian
and is now available in e-book format.
"I have just kidnapped my eleven-year-old sister, although
she doesn't know it yet."
Lissa Hastings has a big problem. Her mother,who used
to be a semi-well-known cabaret singer, is fast becoming a
very well-known alcoholic and realizes she can no longer
care for Lissa's eleven-year-old sister Marnie. She tells
Lissa that if she can't trick Marnie into going to live with her, then Marnie
will be turned over to Social Services. Lissa doesn't know how she's going
to handle becoming a single parent overnight. She's the youngest student
at a prestigious Chicago art school, and if it weren't for the miniature
rooms that she's been lucky enough to sell to collectors, she'd have
practically no money at all. What she doesn't know yet is that having her
high-spirited and tantrum-prone sister come live with her is going to be
one of the richest experiences of her life.
Seventeen-year-old Morgan Hackett and her best friend
Jimmy have known each other all their lives. They hang
out together, audition for plays together, they even argue
well together. Best friends for life. As they break into the
Chicago theater scene to pursue their goals as actors,
however, they're discovering that they're on the brink of
something more than just friendship. So how could life be
so right and then so wrong? After a terrible accident, Morgan suddenly
has to face life alone. Without Jimmy around, though, it's like the best
part of her has died. How could he do this to her? As she begins a
downward spiral into depression, she wonders how she will ever cope
without the one person in the world who understands her.
You Bet Your Life
Bess Milligan is convinced she inherited her love of
comedy from her mom, who never missed a chance to
make people laugh. When Bess lands an internship on one
of TV's biggest comedies, her mother, who died six months
earlier, isn't there to share her excitement. So, impulsively,
after her first day at the TV studio, Bess begins to write
letters to her mom--letters about Georgia and Nate, the gifted comedy
writers who hired her; letters about Elliot, the teenage elevator operator
who insists he and Bess form a comedy team of their own; and letters
about what Bess remembers best: the times she shared with her mom.
But writing letters isn't really living a life, and a real life is what Bess
desperately needs to find again.
First Wedding, Once Removed
2 + 1+= 0. Pokie and her big brother Gib were once
inseparable, watching airplanes and planning on taking
flying lessons and one day becoming pilots. Then Gib left
for college and met Nell Potts, a real Southern belle. And
Pokie, who's doing her best to fit in at a new school, feels
like a third wheel at a time when she could use a big
brother more than ever. Pokie's young friend Junior
Hollinger is no help at all. He thinks Pokie is jealous of Nell. One thing's
for sure: There's no room for a brother, sister, and a girlfriend in this
family. Three's a crowd...isn't it?
"An unusually subtle and likable portrait of a talented, thoughtful young woman weathering with
distinction the aftershocks of trauma." --the Kirkus Reviews (Pointer Review)
"Deaver excels at portraying special relationships, this time between a brother and sister...there
are many poignant moments..." --Voice of Youth Advocates
- 2004 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee
- 2003 ALA Young Adult Popular Paperback
- 2004 IRA Young Adult Choice
- 1996 ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults
- 1997-98 South Carolina Young Adult Award Nominee
- ALA Best Books for Young Adults
- Library of Congress Children’s Books
- New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
- Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award (WINNER)
- Virginia State Young Readers Award (WINNER)
- Washington State Evergreen Young Adult Book Award (WINNER)
|SAY GOODNIGHT, GRACIE recently celebrated its twentieth year in print
and has just been released in e-book format for Kindle/ iPad/ Nook/ Kobo
and other mobile devices.
Say Goodnight, Gracie is cited in several books on grief-counseling for teens, including: Guiding Your
Child Through Grief by James Emswiler, and Living with Grief: Children, Adolescents, and Loss by