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I'm Not Her
Contributor(s): Gurtler, Janet
ISBN: 1402256361     ISBN-13: 9781402256363
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: May 2011
Annotation: When popular, sporty sister, Kristina, is diagnosed with cancer, her younger, brainy sister, Tess, is thrown into new roles as she becomes the center of the popular crowd and must be the strong one in her family.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Sisters; Fiction.
Osteosarcoma; Fiction.
Identity; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2011012122
Lexile Measure: 670
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 5.50" H x 8.25" W x 0.75" (0.74 lbs) 288 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 145191
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 10.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

Janet Gurtler's work has appeared in magazines such as Today's Parent and Luxury Living Lifestyles. She now spends her time reading and writing edgy, meaningful books for and about teens. In 2007, she finished her first triathlon. She lives beside the Rocky Mountains with her son and husband in Calgary, Canada.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 July)

Gr 7–10—It's hard for Tess not to be jealous of her older sister. Kristina is beautiful; she's popular and outgoing, with a promising volleyball career. When Kristina is diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer and must undergo chemotherapy, their mother's desire to keep up appearances makes Tess's life even more painful. Her mother throws parties and goes shopping to avoid dealing with the reality of Kristina's illness. Her dad spends all of his time at work and her sister slips into depression. In the meantime, Tess is trying to keep up her grades and create a piece of artwork to submit to a contest that could lead to a scholarship to her dream school. Tess's transformation is subtle, believable, and satisfying. The author seamlessly develops complexity in all of the characters as they all respond differently to their grief. Tess's former best friend seems to gloat at Kristina's diagnosis, while the kids in the popular crowd, whom Tess had previously dismissed, reach out to Tess, and her former academic rival, Clark Trent, becomes her protector at school. Tess's journey is both rewarding and painful as she develops the courage to stand up to her parents to break them out of their denial and she begins to appreciate her own beauty and strength. This quick and heartbreaking read realistically shows how one person's illness affects an entire community.—Rachael Myers-Ricker, Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY

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