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Luanne Rice


Luanne Rice

Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of 32 novels that have been translated into 24 languages. Her new novel, THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTERS, is her first YA book, out from Scholastic on February 23, 2016. She is very excited about this fact and yes: she and her sisters really did have a secret language. Rice’s books often center on love, family, nature and the sea. In 2002, Connecticut College awarded Rice an honorary degree and invited her to donate her papers to the college's Special Collections Library. She has also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from St. Joseph College (her mothers alma mater) 's West Hartford, Conn. In June 2014, she received the 2014 Connecticut Governor’s Arts Award in the Literary Arts category for excellence and lifetime achievement as a literary artist and was honored to share the stage with brilliant artist Tim Prentice and legendary actor Christopher Plummer. (Yes. Captain Von Trapp.  Also great Shakespearean actor. That Christopher Plummer.)

Several of Rice's novels have been adapted for television, including CRAZY IN LOVE for TNT, BLUE MOON for CBS, FOLLOW THE STARS HOME and SILVER BELLS for the Hallmark Hall of Fame, and BEACH GIRLS for a mini-series on Lifetime. Rice contributed a monologue to Motherhood Out Loud, a play that premiered at Hartford Stage Company and was performed Off-Broadway and at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Rice is an avid environmentalist and advocate for families affected by domestic violence. Born in New Britain, Connecticut, Rice divides her time between the Connecticut shoreline and Southern California.

Luanne Rice

Books by Luanne Rice

by Luanne Rice - Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult 13+

Emily Lonergan's best friend died last year. And Emily hasn't stopped grieving. Lizzie Porter was lively, loud and fun --- Emily's better half. Emily can't accept that she's gone. When Lizzie's parents and her sister come back to town to visit, Emily's heartened to see them. The Porters understand her pain. They miss Lizzie desperately, too. Desperately enough to do something unthinkable. Suddenly, Emily's life is hurtling toward a very dark place --- and she's not sure she'll ever be able to return to what she once knew was real.

by Luanne Rice - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 12+

When Maia sets off on a road trip in search of her mom, the handsome boy Maia's in love with, Billy, unexpectedly comes along. They drive up the East Coast, stopping along the way for lobster rolls and lighthouses. Maia learns that Billy has dark secrets of his own --- and wants to outrun his past, too. But what will the future hold if they reach their destination?

by Luanne Rice - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

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. Everyone thinks she's in a coma, but Roo has locked-in syndrome --- she can see, hear and understand everything around her, but no one knows it. 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.