Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

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A gritty, romantic modern fairy tale from the author of Break and Gone, Gone, Gone.

Be careful what you believe in.

Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. With nothing to do but worry, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into loneliness and lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house.

Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life.

About Hannah Moskowitz

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Hannah Moskowitz is the author of Break; Invincible Summer; Gone, Gone, Gone; and Teeth. She is a student at the University of Maryland. Find out more at UntilHannah.com and follow her on Twitter at @hannahmosk.
Published January 1, 2013 by Simon Pulse. 290 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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Rudy is glad to see his brother Dylan's cystic fibrosis symptoms clear up, but he finds the island stifling.

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In an unsettling story with elements of magical realism, Rudy's younger brother is dying from cystic fibrosis, so his family moves to an island hoping he can be cured by eating the "magic fish" that swim there.

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Common Sense Media

Rudy, the protagonist, struggles to do what's right for his ailing younger brother while trying to protect his fish-like friend, Teeth.

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Gr 9–11—The premise of this book is that a magical fish impregnates a young woman, resulting in the birth of a half human/half sea creature. These fish, if eaten, can cure all kinds of diseases. Teeth rescues the fish he considers to be his brothers from fishermen's nets. When he is caught, he is...

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A boy lies in bed at night on an isolated rocky island, listening as the waves crash loudly against the shore—but not loudly enough to drown out the screaming that rings out across the sea every night.

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