If We Were Snowflakes

Pearlsong Press
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Shy, fat Hannah Smith has a popular, thin twin sister, a slender mother obsessed with cleaning, and a fat father in prison for violating federal laws against distributing junk food.

The U.S. government controls access to chocolate and other foods considered fattening. Parents of fat youth must pay a special tax or their children must go to a Laboratory School for the Weight Challenged—A.K.A. "Fat School"— where they are forced—and shamed—to lose weight.

As her father's parole hearing nears, Hannah wants desperately to find out who turned her father in to the police. She enlists her best friend and secret crush, Christian, in her investigation. But with Hannah's father's businesses faltering, her mother can no longer pay her Fat Tax, and Hannah is sent to Fat School. She continues to search for her father's betrayer, but soon finds herself drawn into a more frightening mystery: the largest teenagers at Fat School are disappearing.

How far will Hannah go to find the truth?

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About the author

Barbara D'Souza has been writing since she was 11 years old and got a short story assignment from her sixth grade teacher. She has a BA degree in English from the University of Michigan and an MA in English from the University of Pittsburgh.

She has been published in USA Today, and won third place in the Pennwriters Annual Short Story Writing Contest for 2016. She works as an accountant, and lives in Bridgeville, PA with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

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Pearlsong Press
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Published on
Sep 1, 2018
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Pages
284
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ISBN
9781597190923
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Language
English
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Genres
Young Adult Fiction / Dystopian
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