You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis

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   It's been a year since Luna's mother, the fashion-model wife of a successful film director, was hit and killed by a taxi in New York's East Village. Luna, her father, and her little brother, Tile, are still struggling with grief.
   When Luna goes to clean out her mother's old studio, she's stunned to find her mom's cell phone there—charged and holding seven unheard messages. As Luna begins to listen to them, she learns more about her mother's life than she ever wanted to know . . . and she comes to realize that the tidy tale she's been told about her mother's death may not be the whole truth.
“. . . a lovely contemporary fairy tale, with a sad Upper West Side princess at the heart of it, and that’s a kind of folklore that many readers will enjoy.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Recommended
“The book contains various delights. . . . the love story element shines, and the book offers a nice window into the life of privileged New York youngsters, refreshingly filled with protective and involved adults.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Following Luna through a hazy grief state after the death of her mother is like a beautiful dream. This book takes your hand and leads you on a wonder-filled adventure.”—Melissa Walker, author of Small Town Sinners
“Luna is someone to weep with and to cheer for, to wish was your best friend. Readers will fall in love with Luna and her dazzling world.”—Emily Wing Smith, author of Back When You Were Easier to Love

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About Stewart Lewis

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STEWART LEWIS is a singer-songwriter and radio journalist and is the author of You Have Seven Messages. He lives in Washington, D.C. Visit him at

Author Residence: Washington, D.C.
Published September 13, 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 306 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When 15-year-old Luna finds her dead mother’s cell phone, she embarks upon a quest to learn the truth about her death and, in a larger sense, her life.

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A year after Luna's mother was killed by a cab, 14-year-old Luna, still aching from grief, discovers her mother's cellphone with seven voice mail messages, all with clues about the truth about her mother's life and final moments.

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City Book Review

If the truth were only one voice message away, would you listen to the message?

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Portland Book Review

Luna gets her first training bra right before she turns fifteen – well past a believable age for this event.

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He' s truly not fit to play the father role, and I disliked him very much throughout the entire book.

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Sometimes when someone loses a person they love, they will go searching, trying to find any remnant that may be left of that person.

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Curled Up Kids

As each new message is revealed, the plot grows murkier until neither Luna nor readers can anticipate what will happen next or determine whether her search for the truth should continue.

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