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A Psalm for Lost Girls
by Katie Bayerl


Overview - I'll Give You the Sun meets True Detective in this brilliant YA debut about saints, sisters, and learning to let go.
Tess da Costa is a saint--a hand-to-god, miracle-producing saint. At least that's what the people in her hometown of New Avon, Massachusetts, seem to believe.
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Overview
I'll Give You the Sun meets True Detective in this brilliant YA debut about saints, sisters, and learning to let go.
Tess da Costa is a saint--a hand-to-god, miracle-producing saint. At least that's what the people in her hometown of New Avon, Massachusetts, seem to believe. And when Tess suddenly and tragically passes away, her small city begins feverishly petitioning the Pope to make Tess's sainthood official. Tess's mother is ecstatic over the fervor, while her sister Callie, the one who knew Tess best, is disgusted--overcome with the feeling that her sister is being stolen from her all over again.
The fervor for Tess's sainthood only grows when Ana Langone, a local girl who's been missing for six months, is found alive at the foot of one of Tess's shrines. It's the final straw for Callie. With the help of Tess's secret boyfriend Danny, Callie's determined to prove that Tess was something far more important than a saint; she was her sister, her best friend and a girl in love with a boy. But Callie's investigation uncovers much more than she bargained for--a hidden diary, old family secrets, and even the disturbing truth behind Ana's kidnapping. Told in alternating perspectives, A Psalm for Lost Girls is at once funny, creepy and soulful--an impressive debut from a rising literary star.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780399545252
  • ISBN-10: 0399545255
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 368
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Callie da Costa is 16 when her older sister, Tess, whom many believe channels Gods divine will, dies from an untreated heart defect. After a missing six-year-old, Ana Langone, reappears at one of Tesss shrines and other reports of Tesss miracles pour in, Callies mother is set on having Tess named a saint. Determined to stop the petition for sainthood and debunk the miracle of Anas safe return, Callie teams up with Danny, an old friend who has a complicated relationship with both sisters. Callies first-person chapters alternate with excerpts from Tesss journals, weaving Tesss final thoughts and experiences with those of Callie in the months after Tesss death. Through these two perspectivesalleged saint and grieving sisterdebut author Bayerl unspools a gripping story of loss and grace. The search for Anas abductor and the eventual revelations surrounding her kidnapping form a poignant parallel to Tess and Callies relationship, deftly underlining the ways in which grief can warp reality and encourage self-destruction. Richly and evocatively written, Bayerls story is ideal for fans of Jandy Nelson and Melina Marchetta. Ages 12up. Agent: Erin Harris, Folio Literary Management. (Mar.)

 
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