Author(s): Kylie Fornasier
"I hate the label Selective Mutism - as if I choose not to speak, like a kid who refuses to eat broccoli. I've used up every dandelion wish since I was ten wishing for the power to speak whenever I want to. I'm starting to wonder if there are enough dandelions.' After losing her best friend that night, Piper Rhodes changes schools, determined that her final year will be different. She will be different. Then she meets West- school captain, star soccer player, the boy everyone talks about. Despite her fear of losing everything all over again, they fall in love without Piper ever speaking one word to West. But can a love mapped by silence last? A story of doubt, love, friendship, and the power of words we say and those we don't."
As a teacher librarian, Kylie Fornasier is in touch with what kids like to read, as well as being passionate about helping them enjoy that reading experience as much as she can. Kylie has won a number of writing awards, and already has a published chapter book and a soon-to-be published picture book with other major publishers. She is a strong believer in practising what she preaches when it comes to her writing and so runs a writers' group for young people in Penrith. Kylie lives in western Sydney.