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MY SISTER ROSA
by Justine Larbalestier

MY SISTER ROSA by Justine Larbalestier

Justine Larbalestier is the critically-acclaimed author of YA titles LIAR (Bloomsbury 2009) and RAZORHURST (SoHo Teen 2015). SoHo Teen will publish MY SISTER ROSA in November 2016 and Allen & Unwin will publish it in February.

Forced to move with his family from his native Australia to New York City, 17-year-old Che Taylor is having a rough time adjusting. He loves his little sister, Rosa, but he's also certain she's a psychopath: literally, clinically, diagnostically. She hasn't hurt anyone yet, but her clever manipulations have Che convinced that it's only a matter of time.

It doesn't help his case that his parents refuse to admit that there's anything wrong with Rosa. Her masterful manipulations have long turned them off her scent. Che finds little solace in his friends back in Sydney, feeling instead the growing disconnect between his old self and the person he could become in New York. Despite his mounting anxiety at having to manage Rosa, Che tries to lose himself to his martial arts training, the one thing that grounds him, makes him feel like himself. At his new gym, he is introduced to and immediately falls for Sojourner, a formidably talented fighter whose religious convictions threaten to quash their relationship before it has even begun. Ever persistent, Che continues to fall, fight, and stave off the dread of what Rosa might be up to next.

Meanwhile, Rosa is making friends. She's always been a charmer, with a way of making her friends do things they normally wouldn't. At the family's previous home in Bangkok, Rosa manipulated her best friend into killing a beloved pet. Che's worst fear is that one day she'll scale up to something bigger than pets. But Rosa has promised Che that she'll never kill anyone. And while Rosa lies to everyone else, so far she's kept all her promises to Che. Unfortunately, she's also very good at finding loopholes...

Until now he has always protected Rosa from the world. But as Rosa's complex and disturbing games ratchet up in their foreign home, he must act to protect the world from her.

MY SISTER ROSA is a masterfully chilling read, one that will haunt you long after you've turned the last page. Larbalestier weaves together the unquestionably familiar and the unthinkably horrible in this contemporary story of familial rifts, divided loyalties, and what we're willing to put on the line to take care of our own.

Justine Larbalestier's RAZORHURST was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Prize for Young Adult Writing. Her previous novel LIAR won the Davitt Award for best Young Adult Crime Novel, the WA Premier's Literary Award Young Adult Prize, and the Christina Stead Award. It received four starred reviews, was shortlisted for 11 awards, and was a best book of the year for YALSA (Young Adult Library Association), School Library Journal, Bank Street Books and the International Youth Library's The White Ravens. She is the author of the MAGIC OR MADNESS trilogy (Penguin US and Australia 2005-07) and HOW TO DITCH YOUR FAIRY (Bloomsbury 2008, Allen & Unwin 2009), the editor with Holly Black of ZOMBIES VS. UNICORNS (Margaret K. McElderry Books 2010), and co-writer with Sara Rees-Brennan of TEAM HUMAN (HarperTeen 2012). She was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and she and her husband split their time between Sydney and New York City.

Here's her foreign rights history:

TEAM HUMAN US: HarperCollins 2012, ANZ: Allen & Unwin 2012

Translation rights sold: Artemis (Turkish), Record (Brazilian Portuguese)

ZOMBIES VS. UNICORNS US: Margaret K. McElderry Books 2010; ANZ: Allen & Unwin 2010

Translation rights sold: Gallimard (French), Record (Brazilian Portuguese)

LIAR: US: Bloomsbury 2009, ANZ: Allen & Unwin 2009

Translation rights sold: Gallimard (French), Bertelsmann (German), Salani (Italian), Record (Brazilian Portuguese), Sharp Point Press (Complex Chinese), Hoest (Danish), Artemis (Turkish), Mynx (Dutch), Versatil (Spain)