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Book Title: Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy|
The author of the book: Sonya Sones
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 676 KB
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: September 30th 2001
ISBN 13: 9780613349796
Read full description of the books Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy:Stop Pretending is a story of a young girl that suffers from a mental disorder. She grew up as a normal girl in a loving family and had an excellent relationship with her younger sister. Suddenly, she starts hearing voices in her head. It gets so out of control that she must be placed in a mental institution. The story is actually not told through the eyes of this girl, but by the younger sister, Cookie. It is an extremely emotional story written in free verse. Cookie recalls memories with her sister that happened during their childhood and explains how she feels now that it is all gone. Her words and her imagery, like her sister’s empty bed, are so powerful that they can bring the reader to tears. When Cookie visits her sister, they can’t even play a simple board game without her sister getting out of control. Eventually, the doctors attempt shock therapy to cure the sister, but there is a risk that it will erase all of her past memories.
Read information about the authorI was born in Boston and overprotected in the nearby suburb of Newton. I thought I would be an artist when I grew up. I loved sneaking upstairs to a tiny room in our attic, where I could while away the hours drawing pictures of dinosaurs. The summer I turned seventeen, I fell in love with making animated films (not to mention at least a couple of boys). Soon after, I enrolled in Hampshire College and began teaching animation to children all across the country, while I earned my degree, a B.A. in filmmaking and photography. I went on to teach film at Harvard University, which was pretty astonishing, considering I was only a few years older than my students and I probably couldn't have even gotten in to the school if I had applied! Then, I moved to Hollywood to work for a famous movie director as his personal assistant. But I was fired after a month, because I wasn't very good (okay, I was very bad) at bringing coffee to people. I decided to stay in Hollywood anyhow, and found work as an animator, and then as a production assistant on a Woody Allen movie called Interiors. After that, I worked as a still photographer and script supervisor on Ron Howard's first film, Grand Theft Auto.
Eventually, I became a film editor, cutting TV shows like L.A. Law and movies like the cult classic, River's Edge - which had Keanu Reeves' first love scene in it! I also edited a trailer for a movie called Urban Cowboy, with John Travolta sitting right there next to me, making suggestions. Then I met my future husband, Bennett, at a taping of a show called Mork and Mindy. Soon after, we got married and I gave birth to our beautiful daughter, Ava. I wanted to be able to spend lots of time with her, so I stopped editing. I ended up starting a small hand-painted baby clothes company instead, selling my wares to Neiman Marcus and Macy's. This was perfect, because I could paint the clothes while Ava took her naps.
But after awhile, I got tired of trying to come up with one more adorable dino design, or another darling little bunny. I needed to find something new to satisfy my creative urges. By then I had a wonderful son, too, named Jeremy. And since I loved reading to both my children, I decided to try my hand at writing books for kids. So I enrolled in a poetry class at UCLA, taught by Myra Cohn Livingston. It was Myra who set me on the path to writing my first book, Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy.
When I'm not writing, or traveling around the country speaking about writing and giving poetry writing workshops, I bake, dance, read, worry and hunt for buried treasure at flea markets and in vintage clothing stores. I live with my family, twenty-six blocks from the beach, not far from Hollywood.
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