Author: Susan Shreve
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Courage, Bravery, Heroism, Death, Grief, Loss, Family Life, Feelings and Emotions, Growing Up, Elementary School
When her baby sister is stillborn, ten-year-old Alyssa Reed's seemingly carefree life becomes complicated. Her mother is hospitalized for a breakdown, and her father leaves after relocating the family from their country house to a small apartment. Alyssa changes her name to Blister, a hurtful word that helps her cope with the painful new world she inhabits.