Winner of the ALA Best Books for Young Adults 1995
Two girls whose lives couldn't be more different are brought together as pen pals in this riveting and haunting novel that's perfect for fans of Orange is the New Black and those interested in unpacking the reality of life behind bars. Mandy and Tracey have never met, but they know everything about each other. Connected through a pen-pal ad, they exchange frequent letters, writing about boyfriends, siblings, music, and friends. They trade stories about school and home. They confide their worries and hopes. It almost makes it easier, and more special, that they've never met-they can say whatever they want in the safety of their private world of letters. But that private world may not be as safe as it seems. Can Mandy trust Tracey to be who she says she is? What secrets hide between the lines of their letters? "A powerful book. . . . It will draw its readers in completely." - School Library Journal , Starred "The heart-wrenching conclusion will exert its power long after this book is read."- Publishers Weekly, Starred "Proof that originality need not be reserved for adults."- Kirkus Reviews "The ending will shock you and . . . 'strangle your heart'." - The Guardian
John Marsden wurde 1950 in Melbourne, Australien, geboren. Nach einem abgebrochenen Kunst- und Jurastudium war er u. a. Leichenbeschauer, Mitarbeiter bei einem Zirkus und bewachte das älteste Haus Australiens. Mit 28 Jahren fand er seinen Traumberuf und wurde - Lehrer. Seine Bücher wurden in 15 Sprachen übersetzt und erhielten zahlreiche Auszeichungen, darunter den Children's Book of the Year Award 1988.