by Laurie Halse Anderson

On Saturday night Lia ignores thirty-three phone calls from her ex-best friend Cassie. On Monday morning Lia learns that Cassie has been found dead in a motel room. Lia has always been skilled at hiding her emotions, and her ongoing struggle with anorexia has taught her how to keep secrets-she sews quarters into her bathrobe to trick the bathroom scale and simulates eating by smearing ketchup on her mouth and making a mess in the microwave. But hiding her guilt over Cassie's death will push her to the edge-and visions of Cassie's ghost, beckoning Lia to join her, might push her over it.

ISBN: 9780670011100

JLG Release: April 2009

JLG Member Price

Out of Stock

Mature Young Adults Plus

Grades 11 & Up


14 books / $16.30 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book





    Page Count


    Trim Size

    5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

    Dewey Classification


    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 4.1, Points: 9

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 4.5, Points: 15


    Level: 730L

    Awards & 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 2009



    Author/Illustrator Biographies

    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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