I'm thrilled to introduce my first young adult novel. If you're a teenager, yay! Welcome to my website and my books. I am excited you're here and would love to hear from you. If you're a longtime reader of mine, thank you for checking out something new from me. Also: DON'T TEXT AND DRIVE!
If you love the teenage characters in my other books, or you remember what it was like to be 16 and in full command of your heart, please check it out. It might be YA, but I'm still here--the way I write about family, sisters, love, secrets, the mysteries under one family's roof...none of that has changed.
If you're a kid and you want, please tell your mom what a great idea it would be if her book club reads The Secret Language of Sisters and invites you and your friends along to represent the high school POV. You can bake brownies and make tea and have a cozy book-talk time. I swear, it will be more fun than you think. Trust me on this: I know.
Seriously, The Secret Language of Sisters is for kids but not just for kids. Dear longtime reader, this is new for me, and I know it's taking a chance, but please give it a read. Talk to your kids (if you're a mom) or to your mom (if you are a kid) about it. Bridge the generation gap with love and angst and vehicular tragedy and the story of how a family pulls together in the midst of struggle and gets through it, and talk about the novel and tell each other how you feel. Communication is the way! Also many hugs. Hug each other constantly.
I've always loved writing from the perspective of teenagers, especially sisters, especially at Hubbard's Point...writing this novel really took me back to the beach and so much more. It makes me feel so lucky to have you as readers. The novel comes out February 23, 2016, but is now available for pre-order. Love, Luanne xx
Here's the description from Scholastic, my publisher:
When Ruth Anne (Roo) McCabe responds to a text message while she’s driving, her life as she knows it ends. The car flips, and Roo winds up in a hospital bed, paralyzed. Silent. Everyone thinks she’s in a coma, but Roo has “locked-in syndrome”—she can see and hear and understand everything around her, but no one knows it. She’s trapped inside her own body, screaming to be heard.
Mathilda (Tilly) is Roo’s sister, and best friend. She was the one who texted Roo, and inadvertently caused the accident. Now, Tilly must grapple with her overwhelming guilt, and her growing feelings for Roo’s boyfriend, Newton — the only other person who seems to get what Tilly is going through.
But Tilly might be the only person who can solve the mystery of her sister’s condition—who can see through Roo’s silence to the truth underneath.
Somehow, through medicine or miracles, will both sisters find a way to heal?
Told from alternating perspectives, this gorgeous, unputdownable story of love, hope, and redemption marks bestselling author Luanne Rice’s dazzling entry into the world of YA.
The Secret Language of Sisters will be published February 23, 2016 and is available for pre-order now.