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Surfacing
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2013,
    208 pages.
    Age range: Young Adult


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As soon as she was under, Maggie heard the quiet, though every sound was amplified in her ears and in her brain...Sound, like shame, travels four times faster under the water.

Though only a sophomore, Maggie Paris is a star on the varsity swim team, but she also has an uncanny, almost magical ability to draw out people's deepest truths, even when they don't intend to share them. It's reached a point where most of her classmates, all but her steadfast best friend, now avoid her, and she's taken to giving herself away every chance she gets to an unavailable — and ungrateful — popular boy from the wrestling team, just to prove she still exists. Even Maggie's parents, who are busy avoiding each other and the secret deep at the heart of their devastated family, seem wary of her. Is there such a thing as too much truth?

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"Baskin writes an unsettling novel that shows the impact of guilt and childhood trauma." - Publishers Weekly

"At once frustrating and deeply moving, this ambitious novel comes tantalizingly close to getting it right." - Kirkus

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Nora Raleigh Baskin Author Biography

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Nora Raleigh Baskin was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for her novel What Every Girl (Except Me) Knows. She is the author of novels for middle-graders and teens, including The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah and Anything But Typical, which won the ALA Schneider Family Award. Nora lives with her family in Golden's Bridge, New York.

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Nora Raleigh Baskin: rah-ley (like the explorer) bas-kin (like the icecream company)

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