In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda's death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams - a best friend to unlock her sister's world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all - Miranda has a secret all her own.
In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her future.
"Will be immensely popular among teens ...[readers] will be captivated by the theme of owning your own path, the persistence of life and closure." - VOYA
"Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous and full of suspense!" - Hunger Mountain, the VCFA Journal of the Arts
"Be prepared for an excellent, emotional read." - RT Book Reviews
"Authors like Sarah Dessen, Ellen Hopkins, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Deb Caletti all have captured the teenage experience in their novels and accurately portrayed the turbulence that many teens deal with. Seattle author Holly Cupala can now add her name to that list." - Seattle Book Examiner
"Five purrs - I cannot remember the last time I was so emotionally invested in a novel." - Sharon at Sharon Loves Books and Cats
"Heartwrenchingly good ...Cupala proves herself to be a powerful writing force with this one." - Steph at Steph Su Reads
the book with the author herself. Join us at Twitter #rgz on Wednesday, August 18th at 6 PM PST/9 PM EST to chat live with Holly Cupala. The chat will last for one hour.
This month's outreach has a direct tie-in to the book. Here's Holly Cupala to tell us more about it:
"Even though TELL ME A SECRET is not about sexual exploitation, it is about women and secrets and dealing with shame, so I felt there was a connection there.
"Ten percent of my author proceeds go toward World Vision's Hope for Sexually Exploited Girls, helping girls all over the world who have escaped from this kind of abuse - food, medical care, job training, and if possible, a loving family situation.
"Thank you for spreading the word to help support these girls!"
tunes were hand-picked by the author to accompany her book.
1. Playground Love - Air
2. Something About Us - Daft Punk
3. Ironspy - Splashdown
4. Gorecki - Lamb
5. Ring of Fire - Universal Hall Pass
6. Beyond Orion's Arm - Symbion Project
7. Fellow Traveler - Ginny Owens
8. Presumed Lost - Splashdown
9. Home and Dry - Pet Shop Boys
10. Cherry Blossom Girl - Air
Food: Appetizers from Café Shiraz (Kamran's parents' restaurant!): kebabs, hummus and pita, Mrs. Ziyal’s famous stuffed figs, pomegranates.
Movies:Juno, Speak, anything sci-fi for Kamran
Craft: A double-sided collage to show your outer and inner life
by postergirlz, the readergirlz advisory council
Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
For Keeps by Natasha Friend
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Borrowed Light by Anna Fienberg
The Year My Sister Got Lucky by Aimee Friedman
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
S.E.X: The All-You-Need-To-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College by Heather Corinna
Read ahead! Get ready for our upcoming book discussions:
September: Suite Scarlett and Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson
October: Lips Touch by Laini Taylor, illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo