Fix Me

Fix Me

For Ages: 14 and up
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Orphaned as a child, terrorized by her abusive brother, and haunted by memories, Leia feels exposed, powerless, and vulnerable. When her tormented mind can stand it no longer, she escapes to the zoo, where she finds shelter and seeks refuge. The zoo is a sanctuary: a protective space for families, and a safe place for the traumatized to forget. But can she ever feel safe? Can she ever forget?

Once again, Rune Michaels brings us a harrowing psychological drama that raises questions about the very nature of humanity. This chilling tale will challenge our preconceptions of family, memory, and self, leaving readers wondering, are we the pinnacle of evolution—or are we just animals on display?
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 160 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416957720 | 
  • December 2011 | 
  • Grades 9 and up
List Price $16.99
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The wood is splintered around the lock, where he wedges a knife to force it open. The door to my room is scarred, the doorknob dented.

Brothers and sisters fight, Aunt Phoebe says. It’s normal. It’s a law of nature. Did you know shark fetuses fight to the death in the womb?

Aunt Phoebe watches “Shark Week” every year.

I throw myself into my room, slam the door and lock it, yelling ugly words from behind its shelter. My dresser stands just inside the room. It doesn’t take me long to push it against the door, but it’s not heavy enough. I have to... see more

About the Author

Rune Michaels
Photograph courtesy of the author

Rune Michaels

Rune Michaels studied psychology at the University of Iceland and at the University of Copenhagen. Her books include Genesis Alpha, The Reminder, and Nobel Genes. She lives with her family in Reykjavik, Iceland.




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