Freak) called Without Tess. From the author's website:
If you look inside Lizzie Cohen’s high school locker you will see that
her world is falling apart. First you will find the unfinished homework
assignments and crumpled tests with failing grades and furious teacher
comments scrawled in red pen. Then you will see the crushed coffee cups
and half eaten bags of chips. Look closer. On the top shelf, beneath an
old sweater she is hiding something. A secret. It is a battered
journal that used to belong to her older sister Tess, who died six years
ago when they were little girls. It is filled with Tess’s poems and
sketches, a record of a time long ago when Lizzie almost believed in
magic—back when she did everything her sister asked her to do, even if
it meant putting herself in danger. The journal is also an account of
one child’s mind teetering on the brink between make-believe and
something much more frightening and serious—a time when Lizzie was ready
to grow up but Tess was still clinging to her belief in magic like it
was the only thing in the world that mattered. Now Lizzie is using the
journal to come to terms with the terrible guilt of her own survival.
She will need to learn that sometimes growing up means letting go—even
if that means saying goodbye forever.
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