The Other Shepards by Adele Griffin

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In a house full of dark memories, two sisters try to escape the past
Holland Shepard is a responsible teenager who spends her life trying to keep her feelings inside. Her sister Geneva is the opposite—a bundle of nerves who dreads sentimentality, but suffers so acutely from nervous disorders that a ride in an elevator is enough to send her into a fit. The girls are like summer and fall—close, yet utterly distinct—but in their parents’ house, they are growing up almost as ghosts. Because this home belongs to John, Kevin, and Elizabeth—Holland and Geneva’s siblings, who died before the girls were born. Burdened by grief, their parents cannot bond with the daughters who replaced their original family, and so it is left to Holland to look out for herself and her sister. When a mysterious artist comes to paint a mural in their house, the girls get a glimpse into their family’s past and a chance to find themselves a place in its future. This ebook features a personal history by Adele Griffin including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s own collection.
 

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ADELE GRIFFIN is the critically acclaimed author of numerous young adult novels, including My Almost Epic Summer, The Other Shepards, and National Book Award Finalists Where I Want to Be and Sons of Liberty. She lives in New York City.
 
Published February 12, 2013 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween. 224 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Griffin (Sons of Liberty, 1997, etc.) peeks into the lives of two sisters, eighth-grader Holland and sixth-grader Geneva Shepard, who live in the shadow of three older siblings killed 18 years ago—before Holland and Geneva were born.

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Eighth grader Holland Shepard eloquently narrates the pains of surviving adolescence--when three of her siblings did not. She and her obsessive-compulsive younger sister Geneva live in New York City's

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She and her obsessive-compulsive younger sister Geneva live in New York City's Greenwich Village, in a house ""inlaid and overworked in memories too precious to sell."" The memories belong not to Holland and Geneva, who never knew the other Shepards--John, Kevin and Elizabeth--but to their parent...

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