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category: Children's Fiction
published: Sep 2011
publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
imprint: Lorimer

Pretty Bones

by Aya Tsintziras

tagged: girls & women, diseases, illnesses & injuries

Raine has a family, good grades, best friends, and a boyfriend who loves her. But then anorexia takes over, and her life spirals out of control. Her efforts to hide her condition are finished when she collapses at a school dance. Although she's whisked away to treatment, Raine isn't ready to accept who she really is and get the help she desperately needs. For Raine, coming-of-age means coming closer to death.

About the Author

Aya Tsintziras

AYA TSINTZIRAS is a YA author who lives and writes in Toronto, Ontario. Her first novel, Pretty Bones, a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl struggling with anorexia, is based on a play she wrote at age fifteen.
Contributor Notes

At fifteen, AYA TSINTZIRAS' play, Rainfall, won an Honourable Mention in the Tarragon Theatre's Under 20 Playwright Competition. Now completing her degree in Political Science and Media Studies at the University of Toronto, Aya has rewritten the play into this novel. Her interest in anorexia developed
during her teenage years after a classmate died due to complications of this eating disorder. Deeply affected by this tragedy, Aya wants young adults to be more aware of the consequences of what she was told then was a "mysterious illness."

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
14 to 18
9 to 12
Reading age:
7 to 10
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Reviews

Rated G - Good, even great at times, generally useful!
The genius in this book lies in its ability to communicate to the reader the depth of Raine's denial without resorting to overt statement...for a school age-reader, the consequent insight should have more impact than a more dramatic presentation.

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"Tsintziras does a great job getting the reader hooked..."

— VOYA (U.S.)

The writing is succinct, powerful, and subtle at the same time. Tsintziras' prose style is engaging and engrossing, pulling the reader into Raine's head and her perceptions of herself... Pretty Bones is important and a must-have for library shelves.

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Pretty Bones is a frightening look into the mind of a teenage victim of anorexia...I would definitely recommend it. It's some serious thought-provoking stuff.

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