A Twist of Fate

From the Series The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 9
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

April is stunned when her grandma announces she has cancer. And rather than undergo difficult treatment, Gaga wants to cross an item off her bucket list: going skiing in the mountains. So she’s taking the whole family to Utah! Despite their matching ski outfits, April is looking forward to time with her grandma and cousins. But tension builds as Sophie mysteriously shuts April out, Harry swoons over another skier, the aunts tiptoe around Gaga’s feelings, and April faces peer pressure on the slopes. When disaster strikes, April has to try to embrace Gaga’s approach: that life is what you make of it.

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Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 9
Reading Level Grade 5
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Darby Creek ™
Language English
Number of Pages 168
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV044000, JUV039020, JUV015020
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 740
Guided Reading Level Z+
ATOS Reading Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 182737
Accelerated Reader® Points 4.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed



“The story focuses on relationship dynamics and facing difficulty as a young teen. For a reader who has followed April’s growing up, seeing her cope with Gaga’s impending death may be a comfort if the reader is also experiencing loss or trauma.”—VOYA

Author: Laurie Friedman

Laurie Friedman is the author of the popular Mallory series, The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair series, and many award-winning picture books. She lives in Florida.

Illustrator: Natasha Shaloshvili

Natasha Shaloshvili is a professional illustrator whose work has appeared in fashion magazines, on corporate websites, in outdoor ads, and in clothing prints. She lives in St. Petersburg, Russia.