The Secret Language of Sisters

The Secret Language of Sisters

by Luanne Rice


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545839556
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 463,098
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels for adults. There are upwards of twenty-two million copies of her books in print across the world, and five of her novels have been adapted into TV movies and miniseries. The Secret Language of Sisters is her YA debut. Luanne divides her time between New York City, Connecticut, and southern California. Visit her online at

Date of Birth:

September 25, 1955

Place of Birth:

New Britain, CT

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"I love you," Tilly said. "I think of you every minute. I can't stand seeing you like this, Roo. I'm a mess. I feel so guilty."
She gulped on a big sob, and I saw the tears rolling down her cheeks. My eyes filled, too.
"I have something to tell you. Something awful."
I didn't care what it was. I just concentrated with all my might on getting her look, really look, at me and see me.
"I did something," she said. "I am the reason you're here. I hate myself."
Don't hate yourself, I wanted to say. Just figure this out!
"Okay, I'm going to tell you something about the day of your accident. Two things, actually. One thing is good. Lucan, that's the dog, is fine. He has a broken leg, but it's healing well. I saw him. He limps, but he's going to be fine. Okay." A deep breath. "The rest isn't so great. I wish you could hear me. I wish you could just blink and let me know you know what I'm saying."
I can't blink, but I know what you're saying! I wanted to shout. The stress was back, stronger than before, I needed her to get this, I didn't have it in me to go on much longer. I can't move my eyelids at all. Can you ask me something else? Can you look into my eyes and see I'm here?
"Can you please just," she began, and I must have been exasperated because all I could do was look up at the ceiling, a heaven-help-me moment. My eyeball flicked up and down. Tilly stopped mid-sentence, mouth dropping open. And then ...
I'm here!
"Oh, God," she said. "Did you just look up? Did you just move your left eyeball? If you did, and you hear me, do it again."
I did it again.
"You hear me?"
My left eye flicked up then down. I had a very narrow field of vision: Tilly and the ceiling.
"Roo, is this real?"
I looked up.
"You know who I am?"
Duh, Tilly. I looked up.
"You understand what I'm saying?"
I looked up.
She grabbed my other hand, she was holding both my hands now, and she did a happy, screaming dance, we were doing a jig, only I was in my hospital bed. Still, I was doing it in my mind, and it felt real.

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The Secret Language of Sisters 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
fluffyunicorns More than 1 year ago
There was two sister Tilly and Roo, Roo is sixteen years old and Tilly is fourteen years old. Tilly was stuck at a museum waiting for Roo to come pick her up. It was in the winter on a cold day and ice on the roads. Tilly kept texting Roo asking where she was at while Roo was driving she usually don’t text and drive but she was on a straight away. No one around or no cars around so she decided to look at her phone. When she looked up from her phone she seen an elder lady walking her dog. Roo swerved to miss them but hit the dog. when she swerved she hit a piece of ice and spun in circles and rolled over a hill. When the car came to a stop she was left upside down on a river. She was rushed to the hospital; she went into a coma. Two sister one text one accident will change everything. This book is highly recommending for grades trough 7th and 9th it’s a really good book. I teared up a little bit trough out the book but it was probably one of the best books I’ve read yet. The purpose of it is to teach people not to text and drive. It can be very dangerous and can cause people to get seriously injured.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've always been a great reader - not a day goes by that I'm not involved in a book. It's been a while since I've fallen in love with a book but it has happened today. The Secret Language of Sisters is considered YA genre and I am 65. That did not make a difference. I loved everything about this book and it filled me with every emotion possible. I'm not going to write a synopsis of the plot because it should be a wonderful discovery. Please read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its really sad.I finished tho. I cried a lot. Also,its a really great book. I want a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT book! I only have read the prolouge so far, but this book is amazing! I can't drive yet, but this book made me never want to text and drive. It teaches a really good lesson so far! I soooooo can't wait to read the rest of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome book. This book defintly makes u never want to text and drive ever again. I was only 10 when i read the book and didn't get some things. I would say this book is for girls 12 and up. Great book if u buy it u won't regreat it!(-:
AbigailYager More than 1 year ago
The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice is a dramatic story about a young girl who is trapped inside her own body, screaming to be heard. Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of adult novels. This book is her YA (Young Adult) debut. There are two protagonists in this story Ruth Ann McCabe (Roo), and Mathlida McCabe (Tilly). Roo and Tilly are sisters and they do everything together. So when Roo got in a car accident for texting and later falls into a coma, Tilly was devastated. Roo is the older sister; she is 16 and a junior in high school. She is a very pretty girl according to Tilly. Roo loves to take pictures (it’s her passion) and is very smart. Tilly is the total opposite. She is very impatient and is always worrying about something. She doesn’t have to grades but she is an expert with owls. Tilly and her dad would go watch the owls at night (it was their thing), but he died of a heart attack when he came home from work one night. This book is similar to The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This story is told in both Roo’s and Tilly’s P.O.V and takes place in modern time in Hubbard’s Point, Connecticut. Tilly is at a museum to do research for a project and Roo was supposed to pick her up and Tilly being the impatient person she is kept texting Roo. As Roo was going to text back “5 mins away” a dog runs out into the street and in an effort trying not to him Roo flips her car. She ends in the hospital and while she is there she has a seizure and falls into a coma. Roo’s friend Isabel is praying for her when ever she can by her hospital bed. During her coma Tilly starts to have feelings for Newton (Roo’s boyfriend) and Roo doesn’t know. Tilly’s friends Emily and Nona try to cheer her up at Foley’s Café but it only makes things worse. “…Everyone loved Roo.” Nona, “loved?” Tilly, “Loved, loves. Loved her the way she was I mean.” Nona, Tilly jumps up “She is still alive, Nona.” And they argue more before Tilly runs out of Foley’s (106-107). After a few months Roo is able to move her eye and communicate with her friends and family. The main theme of this book would have to be what would you do for someone you love if they were in a life threatening situations? In the book The Fault in Our Stars, Tilly is like Augustus Waters because they try to do everything they can in the short time they have with Roo and Hazel Lancaster. This is an amazing story; I would recommend this book for 8th graders and up because there are some hard words and medical terms. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book
Book_Reviewer525 More than 1 year ago
This book really touched my heart. Hopefully it should teach others to drive carefully and not text. Almost everyday, I see an accident or hear an ambulance and this book is proof that bad things can happen when the wrong choices aren't made. I recommend ANYONE to get this: whether you're a kid, teen, or adult. I LOVED this book.
katpine More than 1 year ago
I really LOVED this book. All I can say is Roo was one LUCKY young lady - some people are not that fortunate. Hopefully there will be a second book. . . . .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tilly was so scfted for her sisrer but when she kissesfer boy freind shes evan more scared