Lips Touch: Three Times

By: Laini Taylor

Illustrator: Jim di Bartolo

Kizzy's first kiss may be her last; Anamique is cursed with a fatal voice, but when she meets her true love, the urge to end her silence becomes ever stronger; Esme is only fourteen, yet she carries within her a passion that stretches back across centuries. In three stories, the thrills, hazards, and mysteries of love are encapsulated in a kiss. Two-color illustrations. A 2009 National Book Award Finalist.

ISBN: 9780545055857

JLG Release: Dec 2009


Sensitive Areas: Strong sexual themes,
Topics: Kissing , Boredom , Goblins , India , Curses , The afterlife , Love

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Awards & Honors

ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults 2010; Booklist Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth: 2010; 2009 National Book Award, Young People’s Literature Finalist; Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2009; VOYA 2009 Best Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Horn Book

Kisses link these three fairy-tale-cum-horror stories, all crafted with unusual imaginative force. Female "ripeness" for seduction is a prominent theme; sexuality is a dark, dangerous urge, taking girls to the edges of terror. The shapely young women of Di Bartolo's illustrations display comics' conventions of feminine beauty, set in a realm of a s Kisses link these three fairy-tale-cum-horror stories, all crafted with unusual imaginative force. Female "ripeness" for seduction is a prominent theme; sexuality is a dark, dangerous urge, taking girls to the edges of terror. The shapely young women of Di Bartolo's illustrations display comics' conventions of feminine beauty, set in a realm of a sinister, shadowy atmosphere all red and gray.

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• The tantalizing title and unique conceit will draw readers to the book.
• The stories are a captivating blend of romance and fantasy that recall classic tales while employing contemporary pacing and attitude.
• From modern-day suburbia to early-twentieth-century India to the mountainous homeland of a people called the Druj, e

• The tantalizing title and unique conceit will draw readers to the book.
• The stories are a captivating blend of romance and fantasy that recall classic tales while employing contemporary pacing and attitude.
• From modern-day suburbia to early-twentieth-century India to the mountainous homeland of a people called the Druj, each story takes place in a remarkably different and fully imagined world.
• Readers won’t want any of the stories to end.
• The illustrations physically separate the stories from one another, easing the reader from one world to another and helping to set the mood for the next tale.

Book Details

ISBN

9780545055857

First Release

December 2009

Genre

Fantasy.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

192

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.4; Points: 10;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 8.4; Points: 16;

Lexile

Level 990L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Arthur A. Levine

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Strong sexual themes,

Topics

Kissing, Boredom, Goblins, India, Curses, The afterlife, Love,

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