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Then I Met My Sister


Summer Stetson lives inside a shrine to her dead sister. Eclipsed by Shannon’s greatness, Summer feels like she’s a constant disappointment to everyone. All that changes when she receives a special birthday gift: Shannon’s diary. Is this lovestruck, mom-bashing badass the same Shannon everyone raves about?

Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780738728070
Publisher: Flux
Tags:  Reading Level: Grades 9-12, Interest Level: Grades 9-12, Family

It’s not exactly easy living in a shrine to your dead sister. Since birth, I’ve known that everyone loved Shannon. She was perfect—beautiful, smart, talented. And me? Not so much. My parents always expected me to live up to her greatness. But I could never measure up to her, so why even try? This summer, I’ve started reading the journal Shannon kept just before she died . . . and suddenly nothing is what I thought it was. The more secrets I learn about Shannon and our family, the more everything changes. And as it turns out, facing the truth is no cakewalk, either.

Copyright: 2011
Page Count: 288
ATOS: 4.3
Rights Territory: Worldwide
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Siblings
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings

Christine Hurley Deriso (North Augusta, SC) is an award-winning author of three middle grade novels. She has also contributed to Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents, and other national magazines. Visit her online at

Reviews and Awards

“Deriso illuminates a complex family that, despite the faults of every member, emerges as strong and loving. An absorbing story teens will connect with.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[W]ill be enjoyed by fans of Sarah Dessen and girls who want a realistic drama, a bit of romance, and not an overload of angst.” — Booklist

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