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. At first, she's just too shocked to speak. And who wouldn't be? Discovering your whole life has been a lie because your dad isn't your real father is a pretty big deal. Terrified of the truth, Tess retreats into silence.
Reeling from her family's betrayal, Tess sets out to discover the identity of her real father. He could be anyone—even the familiar-looking teacher at her school. Tess continues to investigate, uncovering a secret that could ruin multiple lives. It all may be too much for Tess to handle, but how can she ask for help when she's forgotten how to use her voice?
In a brilliant study of identity, betrayal, and complex family dynamics, award-winning author Annabel Pitcher explores the importance of communication, even when we're faced with unspeakable truths.
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"Fifteen-year-old Tess Turner saw something on her dad's computer that sent her unhappy life into a tailspin. Although she's lived her own life being less than honest with her parents, teachers, and classmates, she's devastated and angry when she discovers a lie at the heart of her family. Jayne Entwistle has the snarky voice needed for Tess's thoughts as she begins a journey to find her authentic voice while living mute in her world. However, her snarky voice would soon become tiresome were it not for the wise "voice" of the flashlight shaped like a goldfish that becomes her confidant. His patience balances Tess's self-absorption while he guides her to acceptance of herself and the world she lives in. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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