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Author: Lauren Frankel Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith, Laura Hamilton Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781501221934
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Like New York Times bestseller Reconstructing Amelia, a stunning debut about a young teenager on the brink and a parent desperate to find the truth before it’s too late.

Thirteen year old Callie is accused of bullying at school, but Rebecca knows the kind and gentle girl she’s raised is innocent. While Callie is eventually exonerated, threatening notes from her alleged victim, Robyn, begin to surface, and as the notes become suicidal, Rebecca is determined to save the unbalanced Robyn. As Rebecca navigates school disapproval and mean moms while trying to comfort Callie and help Robyn, she recalls her own intense betrayals and best-friendships at that age. Then, her failure to understand those closest to her led to losing them forever, and she’s determined that this story will end differently. But Rebecca has failed to understand what is really happening in Callie’s life, and now Callie is in terrible danger.

This raw and beautiful story investigates the intensity of adolescent emotions and the complex identity of a teenage girl. Hyacinth Girls looks unflinchingly at how cruelty exists in all of us, and how our worst impulses can sometimes estrange us from ourselves—or save us.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “‘Do you know your children?’ Thus begins Hyacinth Girls, a book with razor-sharp teeth, a pumping heart, and wide-open eyes; a plunge into the secret, murky waters between the bullies and the bullied. In her debut, Lauren Frankel conjures up real girlhood, the kind you don’t read about in storybooks: complicated, troubling, and true.”

    Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times bestselling author of Bittersweet

  • “Suspenseful and highly thought-provoking, Hyacinth Girls deftly illuminates the potentially harrowing landscape of teenage friendships while lending fresh perspective to the complex issue of bullying.”

    Kimberly McCreight, New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia

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About the Author

Lauren Frankel received her BA in English from Vassar College, where she also mentored homeless and pregnant teenagers. Following a stint in film production, she worked as a residential supervisor in a home for disadvantaged girls. She has worked with young people, as both an educator and a librarian, in the United States and the United Kingdom. She received her MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia, where she won the David Higham Award. Her writing has been featured on BBC Radio 4, and she lives with her husband in Berkhamsted, England.

About the Narrators

Emily Sutton-Smith has appeared in several films, including The Butterfly Effect 3 and Nevermore, as well as several television programs. As an audiobook narrator, she has read titles by Iris Johansen, Kendra Elliot, and Shéa MacLeod, among others, and won an AudioFile Earphones Award.

Laura Hamilton is an award-winning narrator of many outstanding books for children. She was named one of AudioFile’s Best Voices of 2010 in Children’s and Family Listening. When not recording the books she loves, she also records radio and televion spots. She lives with her family in Chicago.