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Wild Awake

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In Wild Awake, Hilary T. Smith's exhilarating and heart-wrenching YA debut novel, seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd has big plans for her summer without her parents. She intends to devote herself to her music and win Battle of the Bands with her bandmate and best friend, Lukas. Perhaps then, in the excitement of victory, he will finally realize she's the girl of his dreams.

But a phone call from a stranger shatters Kiri's plans. He says he has her sister's stuff—her sister, Sukey, who died five years ago. This call throws Kiri into a spiral of chaos that opens old wounds and new mysteries.

Like If I Stay and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Wild Awake explores loss, love, and what it means to be alive.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 22, 2013 – Kiri Byrd s plan for the six weeks her parents are away involves practicing for the upcoming International Young Pianists Showcase, practicing some more, and then practicing with Lukas, her bandmate and crush, for their Battle of the Bands gig. She isn t worried about being home alone: she s 17, she s responsible, and she s got a schedule. But when someone calls to ask if Kiri will come pick up her dead sister s belongings, things change in unexpected ways. Kiri s life picks up speed and gets frighteningly close to flying out of control as she bikes to the rough side of Vancouver; meets Skunk, a musician and bicycle repairer; and finds out exactly how her sister, a troubled artist, died. In her YA debut, Smith (Welcome to the Jungle) handles Kiri s grief and joy well, then takes these emotions and amps them up. When people around Kiri including Skunk, who has his own mental health problems and Kiri herself begin to think that she might be having a Thing, it s believable, worrying, and relatable. Ages 14 up.
Wild Awake
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  • $3.99
  • Level: Grades 9 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Crime & Mystery
  • Published: May 28, 2013
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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