Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

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Sarah Dessen says this “incredible first novel” is “fresh and wise, all at once.”

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I’ve thought maybe my mother drowned in both.
Anna’s life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It’s bad enough that she has to leave her friends behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love—a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.
     While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean’s tide means that nothing—not the sea glass that collects along the shore, and not the truths behind Anna’s mother’s death—stays buried forever.

About Jessi Kirby

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Jessi Kirby is the author of Moonglass and In Honor. She lives in Crystal Cove, CA, with her husband and two children. Jessi is a former English teacher and librarian. Visit her at
Published May 3, 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 256 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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When Anna Ryan was 7, her mother drowned in the ocean, leaving Anna with inescapable guilt and a growing rift with her withdrawn lifeguard father.

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In Moonglass by Jessi Kirby Anna’s life is uprooted when her dad accepts a job transfer to the place where her parents first met and fell in love, a place filled with memories of her mother that Anna would rather leave buried in the sand.

Aug 07 2011 | Read Full Review of Moonglass

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