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Penguin Young Readers Omni Summer 2019

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The Art of Breaking Things
By (author): Laura Sibson
9780451481115 Hardcover English Young Adult : Age (years) from 14, Grade (US) from 9 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Sexual Abuse Jun 18, 2019
$24.99 CAD
Active 5.88 x 8.56 x 1.26 in 400 pages Viking Children's Books Viking Books for Young Readers
In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Zarr, one girl embraces the power of her voice: rules are meant to be broken and she won’t stay silent.

Weekends are for partying with friends while trying to survive the mindnumbingness that is high school. The countdown to graduation is on, and Skye has her sights set on escaping to art school and not looking back.

But her party-first-ask-questions-later lifestyle starts to crumble when her mom rekindles her romance with the man who betrayed Skye’s boundaries when he was supposed to be protecting her. She was too young to understand what was happening at the time, but now she doesn’t know whether to run as far away from him as possible or give up her dreams to save her little sister. The only problem is that no one knows what he did to her. How can she reveal the secret she’s guarded for so long?

With the help of her best friend and the only boy she’s ever trusted, Skye might just find the courage she needs to let her art speak for her when she’s out of words. After years of hiding her past, she must become her own best ally.

#METOO STORY: Inspired by her own #metoo story, Laura Sibson has penned the perfect novel to empower young women to find their voices when they’ve been silenced for too long.

POWERFUL NEW LITERARY VOICE: Laura bursts onto the YA scene in this debut with an addictive narrative voice and an important message that makes this novel both discussable and compulsively readable.

BIG ISSUES HANDLED IN A CAREFUL WAY: This novel talks about sexual assault in a way that is honest, heart breaking, respectful, and non-sensationalist. It’s not too graphic, and it’s not too scary, but it leaves no doubt as to how complex and damaging sexual assault can be.

TALE OF REDEMPTION: Skye’s healing process isn’t just about finding her place in the world as a young adult, but also about revisiting old traumas. She sends the vital message to readers that it’s never too late to start healing yourself. Laura’s writing ensures that Skye’s story isn’t heavy, it’s HOPEFUL.

PITCH-PERFECT ROMANCE: Laura writes a to-die-for romance that’s just as sexy as it is thoughtful and respectful between Skye and her best friend, Ben. Ben provides the perfect counterpoint to Skye’s past: he’s a good, supportive guy who always puts Skye’s needs before his own desires.

ARTISTIC OUTLET: Skye’s an artist dreaming of art school—budding artists will connect with the way her art speaks for her when she can’t find the right words.

TOUCHING SIBLING RELATIONSHIP: Skye’s relationship with her little sister, Emma, will speak volumes to readers who rely on sisters to be there for them through thick and thin. Skye’s an imperfect parental stand-in, and her love for Emma will linger with you long after you turn the last page.

Laura Sibson worked for years as a career counselor for undergraduates before getting her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing, counseling, or drinking impossibly strong coffee, you can find her running miles around her home in Philadelphia, walking her dog, or ingesting pop culture (along with great takeout) with her family.

Author Residence: Philadelphia, PA

Marketing: National media campaign

Consumer advertising campaign

Promotion at select consumer festivals

Online promotion and social media outreach

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Promotion at national school and library conferences

Librarian and educator outreach

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Author Social Media: @LauraSibson

Raves for The Art of Breaking Things:

“The next time you think you know all about the school slut, the druggie, the vandal—think again. People are more complex than their reputations, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Laura Sibson’s powerful novel about female empowerment.”—Leila Sales, author of This Song Will Save Your Life

The Art of Breaking Things is a precious and daring work; an ode to the healing powers of the creative spirit. Skye breaks your heart just before she mends it back together. From the beginning, readers will believe in Skye because of how deeply and empathetically Sibson depicts Skye’s artistic vision and genuine, searching soul.”—Cordelia Jensen, author of Skyscraping and The Way the Light Bends

“This book is a battle cry for the silent, scared, and shattered places inside us. Unflinching and lionhearted, this powerful novel is going to change lives and heal hearts.”—Heather Demetrios, author of Bad Romance

“Sibson has created a flawed and likable narrator who attempts to work through cause and effect, shame and secrecy, avoidance and obligation. With layered nuance, the novel brings to light the impact of sexual assault and the importance of consent…. Triumphant.”—Kirkus Reviews

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