All These Lives

Sarah Wylie

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky.  She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal.  And Jena is wasting away.  To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives.  Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one.  Someone like Jena.  But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization.  Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all.  Maybe she really only ever had one.


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Once upon a time, my mother used to sleep through the night. So did I. Like so much else, our sleeping patterns were almost identical. We flung ourselves across our beds, sleeping through storms and hurricanes and car alarms and darkness, and waking up to a trail of sunlight filtering in, with the world still on its axis, still turning, the way we’d left it. She hasn’t slept like that in seven months.
Now, she wakes up around two in the morning, as if to get a head start on all those elements. Or maybe she’s figured out that the world tilts slightly


Praise for All These Lives

"[a] gripping chronicle of the way one girl grapples with domestic catastrophe.”--Kirkus

"Memorable.”--Publishers Weekly

“…fans of compelling family dramas will be glad that [Dani’s] finally choosing to live her own life rather than giving it away.”--BCCB, starred


“…realistic and poignant.”--VOYA


“…will speak to teens…”--School Library Journal

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ALL THESE LIVES by Sarah Wylie | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of ALL THESE LIVES . Surely a girl with nine lives can spare one or even a few for her leukemia-stricken twin sister, right?
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  • Sarah Wylie

  • Sarah Wylie has been writing for as long as she can remember. In May 2011, she graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a degree in Neuroscience. She lives in Canada. This is her first novel.

  • Sarah Wylie


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All These Lives

Sarah Wylie