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RIVAL
HarperTeen (2011)
Glee goes to the opera in this high-stakes duet between two high school seniors--once friends, now enemies--who are preparing to go up against each other in a major singing competition. To Brooke, winning means escaping the in-crowd for life as a professional musician. Kathryn, meanwhile, sees victory as the key to a much-needed college scholarship. As the big day nears, each girl must face her fears about the future, her scars from the past, and the fact that the person she hates most might just be the best friend she ever had.

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“Awesome, awesome and more awesome. Not one wrong note.”
                       New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Myracle

“I started this book one morning and finished it by the next because I just couldn’t put it down.  A mysterious, suspenseful read, “Rival” is a great readalike for teens that have enjoyed series books such as Sara Shepard’s “Pretty Little Liars” and Cecily von Ziegesar’s “Gossip Girl.”
                                   Jessica at “Musings + Teen Librarian”(VOYA Review)

"From spreading gossip and stealing boyfriends to bitch slaps and malicious pranks, this quick-paced and solid debut novel has all the drama of real high school. Think Glee, only with chamber music."  
                                                                                          Kirkus

“Despite the current popularity of Glee and show choirs, Wealer instead focuses on classical music, using credible examples that demonstrate her knowledge, experience, and appreciation of the genre. Alternating chapters narrated by Brooke and Kathryn relive their high-school history and allow us to see the conflict from both sides. Both girls are at times shallow, manipulative, and just plain mean—these complex, interesting, believable protagonists will satisfy many readers who pick up the book expecting a lighter sort of musical read and instead find real substance.”
                                                                                        Booklist

“RIVAL is a must-have addition to school and public libraries collections alike.”
                                                                                       Voice of Youth Advocates

“Wealer has a talent for depicting the fragile moments on which friendships are made and broken.”
                                                                                       Publishers Weekly

“A particularly timely tale featuring dual viewpoints of bully and bullied as two girls compete socially and in the choral arena.  Well told, insightfully written, interesting contemporary YA.”
                                                  New York Times Bestseller Kiersten White
 
“With realistic teen characters, great dialog, and an ending the lets both main characters shine, RIVAL is a must read.”
                                                                    Maria at The Serpentine Library  


DEAR BULLY: 70 AUTHORS TELL THEIR STORIES
HarperCollins (2011)

As more and more teen suicides dominate the news, a generation's favorite authors--as varied as Alyson Nel, Jon Scieszka, and Mo Willems--have come together to share their stories about bullying in a first-rate, deeply personal collection. My essay, titled "Can We Make This Letter Disappear?", is a letter to my high school self.


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