5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level: 4.1, Points: 9Scholastic Reading Counts
Level: 4.5, Points: 15Lexile
Level: 730LAwards & Honors
ALA Best Books for Young Adults 2010; ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2010; Amelia Bloomer List 2010; Indies Choice Honor Award 2010, Young Adult; Bulletin Blue Ribbons 2009, Fiction; Booklist The Best of Editors ' Choice 2009; Publishers Weekly Best Children 's Book of 2009Genre
Laurie Halse Anderson says, "I avoided writing about eating disorders for a long time, mostly because of my own conflicted body image. But three years ago I started to receive letter after letter from readers who were struggling with eating disorders and depression and who were
cutting themselves out of desperation. I knew the time had come to face my own demons and to try to write a book that would show the world what it 's like to be trapped in the eternal winter of self-loathing and starvation.
"The writing of Wintergirls was a painful emotional journey for me. I could not have done it without the steadfast love and compassion of my husband, Scot, who was there to dry my tears. He listened as I talked about the 'snakes in my head ' that are still capable of making me feel bad about myself (when I listen to them). Everyone needs a beloved friend who will listen.
"Working through Lia 's journey in the book helped me make peace with my body. Now I can truly enjoy food and celebrate eating. I love the skin I 'm in! "
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