Author: Sarah Wylie
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Adults
Do you have more than one life? Dani Bailey has survived a chest infection and a car accident where she should have died and believes that she has nine lives. When her sister, Jena, develops cancer, she starts to think about something someone said once. That when a cat loses a life, it goes into the universe for another cat to use. And when she starts to think about that, along with Jena...she starts to think she should let some lives go–-to help Jena survive another day.
Readers who like dramatic and touching stories will love All These Lives. Teen girls that have siblings will understand Dani’s fierce and loving connection to Jena, and will enjoy this story all the more.
All These Lives grabs you on page one with Sarah Wylie’s amazing writing. The storyline is precise and keeps you on your toes with its abrupt changes and twists. Dani seems to be so real that you understand exactly what she’s thinking and you feel her emotions along with her. I wouldn’t change anything about this heart lifting debut novel.