Words and Their Meanings

By Kate Bassett

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Anna O’Mally is a born writer—gifted, perceptive, headed for the stars. Or she was, until the tragic death of her uncle Joe. He was barely older than Anna herself, and she worshipped the ground he walked on. Best of all, Anna got to live in the glow of knowing that she was the most important person in his world, too. Anna has promised everyone—her shrink, her parents, her best friend—that Joe’s one-year “deadaversary” will be the end of her period of mourning. But when a strange note suggests that her saintly uncle had deep secrets, Anna stumbles into a chain of events that changes everything she thought she knew about the past, the possibilities of love . . . and origami.

About the Author(s)

Kate Bassett (Harbor Springs, MI) is the Michigan Press Association award-winning editor of her small town's paper, Harbor Light News, and a contributing writer for the magazine Traverse. She has covered Mount Everest climbers, New York Times bestselling authors, and pet pig obituaries with the same philosophy for eleven years: voice matters.

  • Paperback ISBN: 9780738740294
  • Ebook ISBN: 9780738741048
  • Reading Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Interest Age: from 12 to 18 years
  • Paperback dimensions: 5.19 x 8 in
  • Publication date: Sep 08, 2014
  • Rights/Sales territory: Antigua and Barbuda | Anguilla | Aruba | Barbados | Saint Barthelemy | Bermuda | Bonaire, St Eustatius, Saba | Bahamas | Belize | Canada | Costa Rica | Cuba | Curaçao | Dominica | Dominican Republic | Grenada | Greenland | Guadeloupe | Guatemala | Honduras | Haiti | Jamaica | Saint Kitts and Nevis | Cayman Islands | Saint Lucia | Saint Martin, French part | Martinique | Montserrat | Mexico | Nicaragua | Panama | Saint Pierre and Miquelon | Puerto Rico | El Salvador | Sint Maarten, Dutch part | Turks and Caicos Islands | Trinidad and Tobago | United States | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | Virgin Islands, British | Virgin Islands, US
  • Format: Paperback | Ebook
  • Pages: 360
  • Lexile: 730L
  • Imprint: Flux
  • Subjects:
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Depression
    YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings

Reviews of Words and Their Meanings:

"Bassett's debut novel scores a hat-trick of literary merit in a strongly crafted and complex plot, deeply drawn characters with palpable grief, and beautifully woven and rich prose." —School Library Journal (starred review)

"A heartbreaking and fantastic debut." —VOYA

"With a compelling voice and evocative prose, Kate Bassett establishes herself as an author to watch." —Sara Zarr, author of The Lucy Variations and National Book Award winning Story of a Girl

"A contemplative look at redemption and relationships for readers with more literary tastes." —Kirkus Reviews

"The right readers will turn themselves inside out following Anna's raw grief." —Booklist

Awards received by Words and Their Meanings:

2015 IPPY Gold medal winner in Young Adult Ficiton

2014 Foreword IndieFab Honorable Mention for Young Adult Fiction

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