My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

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What if the most terrifying person you know is your ten-year-old sister?

Seventeen-year-old Aussie Che Taylor loves his younger sister, Rosa. But he’s also certain that she’s a diagnosable psychopath—clinically, threateningly, dangerously. Recently Rosa has been making trouble, hurting things. Che is the only one who knows; he’s the only one his sister trusts. Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and very good at hiding what she is and the violence she’s capable of.

Their parents, whose business takes the family from place to place, brush off the warning signs as Rosa’s “acting out.” Now that they have moved again—from Bangkok to New York City—their new hometown provides far too many opportunities for Rosa to play her increasingly complex and disturbing games. Alone, Che must balance his desire to protect Rosa from the world with the desperate need to protect the world from her.

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About Justine Larbalestier

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Justine Larbalestier (Liar) and Sarah Rees Brennan (The Demon's Covenant) are award-winning teen authors. This is their first book together. Justine lives in New York City and Sydney, Australia. Sarah lives in Dublin, Ireland. Visit them online (and read about the joys of collaboration) at and
Published November 15, 2016 by Soho Teen. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The Sydney Morning Herald

These are stereotypes, if you like, just the sorts of New Yorkers that out-of-towners might think are so New York, but through Che's eyes Larbalestier makes them credible and appealing.

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Gr 9 Up—When Che is forced to move from Australia to the United States, he has two things on his mind: find a new boxing gym and keep the world safe from his sister Rosa. For almost as long as she's been alive, Che has known that something is not right with her. Callous, indifferent, fascinated b...

Aug 01 2016 | Read Full Review of My Sister Rosa