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Children's LiteratureMarty Black, an anorexic seventeen-year old, finds herself in a hospital clinic especially for those with eating disorders. Her life has slowly and dangerously unraveled since her parents' messy divorce when she was three years old. Control over what she eats becomes her only means of power and, she believes, her only source of admiration. Like most teens, discovering who she is, realizing what she believes in and gaining the will to live keep her continually engaged, but with Marty these issues determine her survival. Marty reveals her agonizing story in a journal-like format. Tokio allows the reader into the raw and deadly world of "watching one's figure" and does so with a particularly sharp wit. She describes this novel as "semi-autobiographical," which rationalizes her honest approach to the issue. 2003, Tundra Books, Ages 14 up.