Publisher: Razorbill

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After her mother died‚ Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy‚ with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now‚ as a teenager‚ Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance‚ we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely‚ Glory is drawn to an artistic new boy‚ Frank‚ who moves in next door. The farther she falls‚ the deeper she spirals into madness. Before long‚ Glory is unable to play anything but the song "Chopsticks." But nothing is what it seems‚ and Glorys reality is not reality at all. In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs‚ pictures‚ and words‚ its up to the reader to decide what is real‚ what is imagined‚ and what has been madness all along.... Prominent book designer Corral and adult author Anthony (The Convalescent) chronicle the descent of a teenage piano prodigy‚ telling her story completely through photographs‚ IM conversations‚ news clippings‚ and artwork. Seventeen-year-old Glory Fleming has been playing piano since age seven‚ but something happened to her mother sometime after Glorys first recital (Glory and her fathers "Merry Christmas 2000" holiday card‚ seen in a scrapbook‚ offers thanks "for your support during this difficult year"). Years later‚ Glorys star is on the rise--ads and brochures show her playing major venues worldwide--but there are also signs that shes cracking under the pressure‚ including her growing obsession with the waltz "Chopsticks." When an Argentinean boy‚ Frank Mendoza‚ moves in next door‚ a passionate romance ignites. Thats how it looks‚ anyway; small visual details slowly allow another narrative to develop. Unreliable narrators are a staple of literature‚ yet seeing deceits and red herrings laid bare in photographs and documents‚ rather than reading about them‚ makes the books punches hit hard. An electronic version of the book‚ with audio and video‚ will be available simultaneously. Ages 14-up. Agent: Sterling Lord Literistic. (Feb.)Gr 9 Up--Told almost entirely through images‚ this intriguing mystery reveals the events leading up to the disappearance of Glory‚ a teenage piano prodigy who goes missing after her struggle with mental illness‚ which causes her to play the childrens waltz "Chopsticks" obsessively. Photographs‚ ephemera‚ and instant-message screenshots weave together the details of a forbidden romance with Francisco‚ the boy next door‚ and a stunningly executed twist ending leads readers to question what they believe to be true. Artfully faded and discolored images are atmospheric‚ and repeated motifs of sea creatures‚ dandelions‚ and wine bottles pique readers curiosity. Reluctant readers who prefer images over text will be drawn to this title‚ though its not necessarily a quick read. The story requires a sophisticated visual literacy‚ and each carefully crafted image deserves to be lingered over as part of a fascinating puzzle. An example of the emerging trend of transmedia storytelling‚ this book will also be available in a "fully interactive electronic version." The inclusion of links to online media requires Internet access and a willingness to type cumbersome URLs‚ but the content of the links can be gleaned from context‚ and‚ ultimately‚ the print version stands strongly on its own. Spellbinding and inventive‚ this title will attract teens and compel them to reread and revisit each clue to the hauntingly ambiguous ending.--Allison Tran‚ Mission Viejo Library‚ CA
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ISBN13: 9781595144355
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Razorbill