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My name is Tess Turner—at least, that’s what I’ve always been told.
I have a voice but it isn’t mine. It used to say things so I’d fit in, to please my parents, to please my teachers. It used to tell the universe I was something I wasn’t. It lied.
It never occurred to me that everyone else was lying too.

Fifteen-year-old Tess doesn’t mean to become mute. When she discovers that her dad isn’t her biological father, at first she’s just too shocked to speak. But quickly she begins to see the benefit of silence. She can protect herself from the questions she’s too afraid to ask. It frustrates the heck out of her parents. And it also gets the attention of her handsome Math teacher, Mr Holdsworth …

Tess sets out to discover the identity of her real father. But when trouble strikes and everything spirals out of control, how can she ask for help when she’s forgotten how to use her voice?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A memorably offbeat novel…It’s a painful but rewarding story of an insecure teen finding her voice.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Pitcher delivers a story of betrayal and miscues among family and friends with a realistic blend of humor and gravity.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Tess is a witty, energetic, and appealing protagonist.”

    Horn Book Guide

  • “This refreshing story is firmly focused at home on questions of identity and family. Readers will…enjoy the journey.”


  • “The strength of this emotionally wrought, introspective novel lies in the character of Tess, the clarity of her voice, and the odd but wonderful relationship she has with the Jiminy Cricket-like Mr. Goldfish…An engrossing character study of a girl in crisis, this novel is perfect for readers who appreciate realistic heroines who solve their own problems.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “Jayne Entwistle has the snarky voice needed for Tess’ thoughts as she begins a journey to find her authentic voice while living mute in her world.”


  • “Pitcher’s smooth writing offers clear insight into all of Tess’s heartfelt emotions…Readers who like quirky, angsty characters who triumph over both themselves and their oppressors will enjoy this tale.”


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About the Author
Annabel Pitcher graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature, and went on to edit television scripts for the comedy Harry Hill and the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. She is now an English teacher in West Yorkshire, England, where she grew up. Annabel started writing My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece in Ecuador, on a round-the-world trip, and finished it in Jordan. This is her debut novel.
About the Narrator

Jayne Entwistle is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning narrator.