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The Second Life of Ava Rivers

This is my second book—an immersive, vignette-style novel about the sudden reappearance of a missing girl and the effect it has on her twin sister and their broken family.

Published August 2018 by Razorbill/Penguin and available on evil Amazon and hopefully elsewhere.

Three starred reviews!

“This remarkable novel reproduces the personal and family trauma associated with the loss and recovery of a missing child . . . The Second Life of Ava Rivers is an enthralling tale.” –VOYA, starred review

"Gardner’s unforgettable voice blends Jodi Picoult’s emotional, ripped-from-the-headlines storytelling with Mindy McGinnis’s unflinchingly honest protagonists. Gardner’s gorgeous language and the atmospheric tone makes this a well-crafted, genre-defying story that deserves a wide readership." –Booklist, starred review

“Missing kid books aren’t rare, but Gardner brings a unique tenderness to this one; Vera is a deeply compelling narrator of this strange experience that no one, even her parents, can really understand the way she does…The book has its surprises, but it remains firmly focused on the human dynamics of creating family and individual identity in the face of tragedy.”—BCCB, starred review