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(Released October, 2012)

Current statistics estimate 18% of adolescents in the United States are overweight. This figure has nearly tripled in the last 20 years. Knowing the statistics, however, is not the same as living it. The story of SKINNY is a very personal one for author Donna Cooner. Listen to her talk about the characters and life experiences that led to the creation of the book.

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“Resounding…with wit, courage, and compassion. Skinny will speak to everyone who has ever felt invisible or unlovable.”

Kathi Appelt New York Times bestselling author and Newbery Honor winner.

Publisher: Scholastic Point   Release Date: October, 2012   For rights information: Contact Sarah Davies at Greenhouse Literary (http://greenhouseliterary.com/)
Rights Details:   USA/Canada:   Scholastic (Fall 2012)   |   UK/Commonwealth: Egmont UK (Winter 2013)   |   Film/TV: co-represented by Jerry Kalajian at IPG (jerry@ipglm)

Skinny Soundtrack
Ever Davies knows almost all the lyrics to any musical by heart, and has an amazing singing voice that no one knows about except her best friend, Rat. She thinks it would be great “if we could hear the soundtrack of our lives playing in the background.” When she starts her difficult journey toward self-discovery, Rat supports her by building a playlist made up of her favorite songs to do just that.

This is Ever’s playlist and the soundtrack of her story. It contains some of her very favorite musical melodies. Listening to the music helps you connect deeper to the story, and to Ever, all along the way. As Ever is rolled off down the hall toward surgery, you can almost hear the opening chords as the music from the Phantom of the Opera begins to play. You can almost imagine Ever stepping up to the microphone to sing “Listen” for the big audition. And the final song, "I’m Here" (from The Color Purple) is a powerful accompaniment to Ever’s last chapter.

Listen to see if you can remember where this song was mentioned and how it helped bring the story to life.

Thanks to Spotify for making this possible!



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Donna is an author, blogger, speaker, and teacher currently living in Fort Collins, Colorado. She grew up on the Gulf Coast of Texas and, although she loves the Colorado mountains, she still yearns for the ocean from time to time.

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