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about MY SISTER ROSA
What if the most terrifying person you knew was your ten-year-old sister?
Seventeen-year-old Che Taylor loves his younger sister, Rosa. But he’s also certain that she’s a psychopath. Recently Rosa has been making trouble, hurting things. Che is the only one who knows; he’s the only one his sister trusts. Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and very good at hiding what she is and the manipulation she’s capable of.
Their parents, whose business takes the family from place to place, brush off the warning signs as Rosa’s “acting out.” Now that they have moved again—from Bangkok to New York City—their new hometown provides far too many opportunities for Rosa to play her increasingly complex and disturbing games. Che’s always been Rosa’s rock, protecting her from the world. Now, the world might need protection from her.
"With My Sister Rosa, Larbalestier brings us a novel that starts out as a quirky family story with a cast of intriguing and likeable characters (even the titular pyschopath), but which quickly races into psychological thriller territory that meets and beats The Silence of the Lambs for suspense—it's the kind of book that had me literally gasping aloud as it rattled to its incredible conclusion."
—Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Homeland
“My Sister Rosa is a gripping, terrifying, wonderful story that I could not put down.”
—Laurie Halse Anderson
“The evil in the room across the hall, the evil in the flowery party dress, the evil who just wants a bedtime story—Rosa is more frightening and more adorable than any villain you have yet met. Larbalestier is at her tricky, terrifying best in this novel.”
—E. Lockhart, New York Times bestselling author of We Were Liars
"An utterly compelling and wonderfully creepy exploration of the many faces of psychopathy. Rosa will stay with you long after you turn the last page."
—Jay Kristoff, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Illuminae
"My Sister Rosa is terrifying, brilliant, and heart-wrenching. A must read."
—Cindy Pon, author of Serpentine
"Larbalestier masterfully crafts a unique tale about a boy and his kid sister who bring old problems to a new city. It's darkly funny, disconcerting, and absolutely brilliant!"
—Jason Reynolds, author of The Boy in the Black Suit and coauthor of All American Boys
"Not one to shy away from tough subject matter, Larbalestier addresses issues related to gender, sexual orientation, religion, identity, and race with tact . . . This dark thriller is the 1956 film The Bad Seed meets 2016; readers will be simultaneously terrified when Rosa's present and afraid to let her out of their sight."
—Kirkus, Starred Review
"A tense, thrilling rumination on the psychology of evil, this work manages to keep a suspenseful tone while also showcasing a burgeoning romantic relationship. There are also a wide variety of nuanced and complex diverse characters in Che’s New York City neighborhood. Rosa is a truly chilling figure, seemingly unpredictable in her violence yet methodical in her manipulations of those around her."
—School Library Journal, Starred Review
"A toe-curling psychological thriller."
—The Sydney Morning Herald
"Larbalestier’s novel is a slow boil, moody and tense, with just the right amount of creep factor and a casually diverse cast of characters . . . Che’s journey toward self-awareness is at times enlightening, at times devastating, and the threat of violence from Rosa is suspenseful and truly terrifying."
—The Horn Book Magazine