The day has come!
Don’t Touch is out in the wild, and I couldn’t be more grateful to the bloggers, reviewers, authors, librarians, and booksellers who have already supported this book. I’m also so grateful for my fellow OneFours–the wisdom they’ve shared has made everything from ordering bookmarks (thanks, Kristin Rae!) to scheduling events so much pleasanter. And thanks to my fantastic family and friends who have shared so much excitement for this book’s release!
Step on a crack, break your mother’s back,
Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good . . .
Caddie has a history of magical thinking—of playing games in her head to cope with her surroundings—but it’s never been this bad before.
When her parents split up, Don’t touch becomes Caddie’s mantra. Maybe if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, Dad will come home. She knows it doesn’t make sense, but her games have never been logical. Soon, despite Alabama’s humidity, she’s covering every inch of her skin and wearing evening gloves to school.
And that’s where things get tricky. Even though Caddie’s the new girl, it’s hard to pass off her compulsions as artistic quirks. Friends notice things. Her drama class is all about interacting with her scene partners, especially Peter, who’s auditioning for the role of Hamlet. Caddie desperately wants to play Ophelia, but if she does, she’ll have to touch Peter . . . and kiss him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn’t sure she’s brave enough to let herself fall.
From rising star Rachel M. Wilson comes a powerful, moving debut novel of the friendship and love that are there for us, if only we’ll let them in.
Advance praise for Don’t Touch:
“Don’t Touch is fiercely compelling, darkly funny, and hums like a high tension wire with energy.” —Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution
“A tender love story about the beauty and the risk of showing someone who you really are.” —Nina LaCour, acclaimed author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments
“Offers a good look at Obesseive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders.” —School Library Journal
An insightful look at anxiety disorders and letting go of fear. —Kirkus Reviews
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|Rachel M. Wilson‘s DON’T TOUCH stems from a personal vendetta against anxiety and a love of all things theater. After studying acting at Northwestern, Rachel earned her MFA in Writing for Children & YA at VCFA. Originally from Birmingham, AL, she now lives in Chicago, IL, where she writes, acts, teaches, and spoils a dog named Remy Frankenstein. DON’T TOUCH releases September 2, 2014 from HarperTeen.|