Without Tess

Marcella Pixley (Author)
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Product Details

Square Fish
Publish Date
May 13, 2014
5.4 X 8.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Marcella Pixley is a middle school language arts teacher and a writer. Her poetry has been published in various literary journals, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first book, Freak, received four starred reviews and was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. She lives in Westford, Massachusetts, with her husband and two sons.


"Without Tess is a psychological thriller, a book of profound truth. Alternating between past and future, between loss and hope, Lizzie's story will grip you from beginning to end." --Francisco Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World

"Following up on themes raised in her well-received first novel, Freak, . . . Marcella Pixley continues to explore the complexities of sibling loyalty." --The New York Times

"* Pixley's memory play is a difficult, sadly beautiful ode to a complex and heartbreaking issue." --Publishers Weekly Online, starred review

"* [A] lyrical, heartrending novel." --School Library Journal, starred review

"Pixley, who skillfully tackled another complicated sisterly relationship in Freak . . . takes a rather provocative step here: she sets up some alluring and imaginative magical conceits that will immediately catch the attention of fantasy readers just as they did Lizzie, and then mercilessly makes their appeal their danger." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Smooth, well-paced, and contemporary." --VOYA Online

"Pixley once again plumbs the emotional depths of a tough subject with sensitivity and insight into the complexities of human nature and sibling bonds." --Kirkus Reviews