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Lisa McMann lives in Sacramento, California. She is married to fellow writer and musician, Matt McMann, and they have two adult children. Her son is an artist named Kilian McMann and her daughter is an actor, Kennedy McMann. Lisa is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen books for young adults and children. So far she has written in genres including paranormal, realistic, dystopian, and fantasy. Some of her most well-known books are The Unwanteds series for middle grade readers and the Wake trilogy for young adults. Check out Lisa's website at LisaMcMann.com, learn more about The Unwanteds Series at UnwantedsSeries.com, and be sure to say hi on Instagram or Twitter (@Lisa_McMann), or Facebook (Facebook.com/McMannFan).

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" McMann's narrative is layered and emotional, with constant questions about family dynamics, identity and reconciliation. While an amnesia-based plot risks a quick foray into formula, this resists, balancing the fractured nature of Ethan's recollections nicely with the character's development. The sibling rivalry builds secondary tension and suspense." "--Kirkus Reviews"
"McMann's gripping new novel...will leave readers burning for closure long after its chilling ending.... [Her] succinct first-person narrative skillfully carries the authenticity of a teenage boy, his fractured memory and reintegration into a family who expects much from him, despite his scarring childhood. Her exploration of an abductee psyche is both illuminating and unsettling and is realistically portrayed... With a disturbing and raw ending, "Dead to You "is unforgettable." --Adam Silvera, Books of Wonder

Gr 9 Up-After being dumped in a group home, a 16-year-old boy searches for and finds his true name and family online. Ethan De Wilde was seven when he was abducted outside his home in Minnesota. His younger brother, Blake, was the only witness. Once reunited with his parents; brother; and Gracie, their "replacement child," Ethan struggles to remember anything about his life with this family and refuses to remember his time with Ellen, the woman who raised him. As Ethan adapts to a caring family and overwhelming community interest, he finds solace in a budding romantic relationship with the girl next door and a tenderly portrayed nascent bond with Gracie. Tension erupts when, spurred by complex emotions and a class project on genetics, Blake declares that his brother is a fraud. Ethan's first-person story unfolds circuitously but successfully explores the emotional devastation on those closest to an abducted child and a child's ability to cope with trauma. The long-awaited but abrupt conclusion to the story's central mystery is dramatic, packing an emotional punch and leaving plenty of questions unanswered.-Nicole Politi, The Ocean County Library, Toms River, NJ (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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