Deborah's Books

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One accident. Two lost souls. And a promise.
17 days.
17 days together. To hear without hearing. And speak without speaking.
17 days to fall in love.
In silence.

Told in alternating points of view from both Stella and Hayden’s voices, Silence is a lyrical story of self-discovery, romance, and resiliency, of two souls finding their voices and breaking through the silence.

Shadow Mountain

ISBN: 978-1-60907-945-1

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BOOK DISCUSSION GUIDE

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Ruby Starr has always loved books. She loves them so much that she started a lunchtime book club called The Unicorns. She also has the best friends ever―some real, some fictional―and that’s just the way she likes it.

But then one dark and stormy night (okay it’s the morning of a sunny day) Charlotte, a new student comes to town. Ruby knows from her books that a new character probably means trouble…and she’s right! Charlotte wants to turn the book club into a drama club, and she’s spending a lot of time with Ruby’s best friend.

Ruby’s going to have to use her imagination and love of reading to solve this big problem before she loses her school friends and her book friends for good.

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PRESS AND REVIEWS

“Fans of Junie B. Jones will enjoy this work for its authentic look at middle school friendship. A great companion to James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts’ Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life.” –- School Library Journal

“Peppered with references to her favorite books, Ruby’s fresh, humorous, first-person, present-tense account of her fifth-grade traumas, her real and imaginary friendships, and her supportive family rings true…[An] amusing saga of primary-school friendships with a clever pro-reading subtext.” –- Kirkus

BOOK DISCUSSION GUIDE

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Ruby Starr’s life is totally back on track. Her lunchtime book club, the Unicorns, is better than ever. And she and Charlotte, her once arch enemy, are now good friends. The only thing that’s really causing any drama is her upcoming poetry assignment. She’s a reader, not a poet!

But disaster strikes when Ruby learns that her most favorite place in the world, the school library, is in trouble. Ruby knows she and the Unicorns have to do something to help. But when Ruby’s plans end up hurting a friend, she’s not sure her story will have a happy ending after all.

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BOOK DISCUSSION GUIDE

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Ruby Starr is back for a third adventure in THE GREAT MUSEUM MIX-UP AND OTHER SURPRISE ENDINGS!

Ruby is feeling fabulous after helping save her school’s library and creating the world’s first (and best) pickle cupcake. And she’s feeling extra stupendous when she’s assigned a book report and finds the most perfect, meant-to-be book ever―one about unicorns!

But when her bestie is not acting like herself, and a class field trip to a museum doesn’t go the way Ruby imagines, Ruby’s not sure she’ll get the perfect end to the year she was hoping for.

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BOOK DISCUSSION GUIDE

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BOOK DISCUSSION GUIDE

Truman Reader’s Award Winner, 2011-2012, 3rd Place
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
Kansas State Reading Circle Catalog
Kentucky Bluegrass Award Nominee
Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Book Award Nominee

In the shadow of loss, a wallflower blossoms Jane’s big sister Lizzie has always been the center of attention. No one ever pays attention to boring, plain Jane. But when Jane’s twelfth birthday marks the beginning of Lizzie’s final descent into a fatal eating disorder, Jane discovers that the only thing harder than living in her big sister’s shadow, is living without her.

In the wake of tragedy, Jane learns to look through her camera lens and frame life differently, embracing her broken family and understanding that every girl has her season to blossom.

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PRESS AND REVIEWS

“Jane in Bloom is a gentle novel about love and loss and that special connection you only share with a sister. This book will make you cry. It will also make you smile and root for Jane as she makes her way through the most difficult time of her life. Deborah’s prose is brilliant and honest” -- Loretta Ellsworth, author of In Search of Mockingbird

“Told in simple yet emotional prose, this touches the heart and explores the impact anorexia can have on a family unit.” -- Booklist

“The accessible yet emotional prose, with scatterings of flowery style to add appeal, is effectively aimed at middle-schoolers, and they’ll quickly be absorbed in this compelling family drama.” -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Deborah Lytton has written a book that offers younger readers a way into two very difficult subjects: eating disorders, and the loss of a sibling. Her novel is not intimidating. It is an honest and gentle look at one girl’s efforts to reconcile her mixed-up feelings after her sister’s death. But that’s not all that this book is about. It’s about self-discovery and change. There’s also a lot of hope here. Sadness for sure, but hope too. I think it would make a great choice for a girls’ book club, because it’s not just an issue book, it’s a story with a completely realistic, relatable girl at its centre. It’s as much about Jane’s growth and change as it is a story of loss. Jane in Bloom should inspire discussion, and with any luck, readers will be inspired to do a little self-exploration too.” -- Shelf Elf

“Jane’s character was mesmerizing, her voice captivating, her message undeniable. She was a joy to watch bloom and grow into her own skin. I simply love Jane. If you are a parent, a sister, a FEMALE. You must read this book. Its message is incredible.” -- My Favorite Author

“JANE IN BLOOM is a beautiful story of love, loss, and discovery. Ms. Lytton, a member of the Class of 2K9, comes out hitting with a winner. The story is told by Jane, the 12-year-old narrator. However, the surprising thing about JANE IN BLOOM is that Jane could be anyone. Ms. Lytton writes the novel in such a way that Jane could literally be ageless. The narration does not sound childish or overly exaggerated. It’s a straightforward, heartfelt novel that will be sure to touch all who read it.” (Rating: 5 Stars) -- Teens Read Too

“While Jane in Bloom deals with heartbreaking issues, it is also uplifting. It ultimately can lead to a good discussion in a mother-daughter book club about family roles, eating disorders, and how to find what’s important to you in your life.” -- Mother Daughter Book Club