© 2019 by Ali Standish

How to Disappear Completely

I'd rather have my
 old skin back.

But that's the thing . . .
 I don't really get to choose.

While her beloved grandmother was alive, Emma’s world was filled with enchantment. But now Gram is gone, and all that’s left of her are the fairy tales she and Emma took turns writing in a secret journal.

To make things worse, strange pale spots are appearing on Emma’s skin. Soon she is diagnosed with vitiligo—a condition that makes patches of her skin lose their color— and the magic in her world is suddenly replaced with school bullies and doctor appointments.

Then, when Emma begins one last story in the journal, something very strange happens: someone writes back to her, just like Gram used to. Who’s writing to Emma? And just what is her story going to be now that everything is so different?

Award-winning author Ali Standish explores the ways life transforms us, and how we learn to let go of what we must, while still holding fast to who we are.

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Cover Art by Yaoyao Ma Van As

You can see more of her work here.

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