Tightrope (novel)

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Tightrope is a children's novel by Gillian Cross, published in 1999. It was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. [1]

Gillian Cross is a British author of children's books. She won the 1990 Carnegie Medal for Wolf and the 1992 Whitbread Children's Book Award for The Great Elephant Chase.

The Carnegie Medal is a British literary award that annually recognizes one outstanding new book for children or young adults. It is conferred upon the author by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). CILIP calls it "the UK's oldest and most prestigious book award for children's writing" and claims that writers call it "the one they want to win".

It is about a teen girl named Ashley who receives A+'s in school and helps her sick mother through the day. However, she leads a double life. Her other name is Cindy, and Cindy likes to sneak out and spray paint her name on large, untouched walls; it's her release. Unfortunately someone discovers her secret and is leaving nasty letters and horrible things in her backyard. Will she ever be able to live normal life again? Without these fears she will die and never ever live a happy life again.

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