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When Ruth Ann (Roo) McCabe responds to a text message while she's driving, her life as she knows it ends. The car flips, and Roo winds up in a hospital bed, paralyzed. Silent. Everyone thinks she's in a coma, but Roo has locked-in syndrome -- she can see and hear and understand everything around her, but no one knows it. She's trapped inside her own body, screaming to be heard.

Mathilda (Tilly) is Roo's sister and best friend. She was the one who texted Roo and inadvertently caused the accident. Now, Tilly must grapple with her overwhelming guilt and her growing feelings for Roo's boyfriend, Newton -- the only other person who seems to get what Tilly is going through.

But Tilly might be the only person who can solve the mystery of her sister's condition -- who can see through Roo's silence to the truth underneath.

Somehow, through medicine or miracles, will both sisters find a way to heal?
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published on February 23, 2016 by Point
ISBN-10: 0545839556
ISBN-13: 9780545839556
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  • hummingbird1
    hummingbird1Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 1:33 pm55 starsFeatured
    There are a lot of good books in the world. There are quite a bit of books that are great. There are some books that are awesome, but there are only a few that are amazing. The Secret Language of Sisters is one of those books that are amazing. Roo and Tilly are sisters. When most sisters fight, Roo and Tilly are best friends. They can't imagine life without the other, and they are closer than close. One day, Tilly sends a text to Roo while she's driving. Roo responds to it, and gets into a horrific car crash. Roo does not die, however, she gets locked-in syndrome. She can't move. She can't talk. She can understand everything that is going on around her, but no one knows it. Can Tilly figure out that her sister, her best friend, is aware while battling the guilt of causing her sister's accident? The Secret Language of Sisters is the best book I have ever read. It is an amazing story of friendship, forgiveness, and the love sisters have for each other. This book changed me, and I hope you choose to read it. I recommend it to girls ages 11+.
    • dancerfancyfun
      dancerfancyfunFriday, November 18, 2016 at 10:31 am
      OMG this is the best book EVER!!!! It is so uplifting and the author really lets you feel the emotions in the story. I would recommend it for grades 5-7, maybe 4th. It is a very good page turner and you can read it if you want to kill time, in a good way.
      • abbeysings217
        abbeysings217Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 11:47 am
        I think that this is an amazing book! It makes the reader go through many emotions: Happiness, sadness, and many others. It also inspires people to fight on. I couldn't stop reading it and it drew me in very quickly. I recommend it to everyone who is interested in a book with romance, family, and even fighting against something that could ruin her life.
        • faithnikol
          faithnikolThursday, March 31, 2016 at 6:16 am44 stars
          Right now i am reading this book and it is an amazing book. I am at the part after the crash where roo is in the hospital and she is trying to get someone to notice that she can see and hear everything she just can't move, because she is parallelized.
          • jinkim0808
            jinkim0808Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm
            OMG! This sounds so interesting. Can't wait to read it if I could.