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Words and Their Meanings


A gifted writer, seventeen-year-old Anna O’Mally is headed for the stars. Or she was until her uncle Joe died. Anna worshipped the ground Joe walked on … until she discovers that she didn’t know him as well as she thought she did.

Format: Ebook
ISBN: 9780738741048
Publisher: Flux
Tags:  Reading Level: Grades 9-12, Interest Level: Grades 9-12, Mental Illness

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.

Copyright: 2014
Page Count: 360
Lexile: 820L
Rights Territory:  AG; AI; AW; BB; BL; BM; BS; BZ; CA; CR; CU; DM; DO; GP; GT; HN; HT; JM; MF; KN; KY; LC; MQ; MS; MX; NI; PA; PM; PR; SV; TC; TT; US; VC; VG; VI
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Depression
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings

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.

Reviews and Awards

“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

2015 IPPY Gold medal winner in Young Adult Fiction
2014 Foreword INDIES Honorable Mention – Young Adult Fiction

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