by Diana Lopez

July 2012

Ages 12 – 18 . Grades 7 – 12

Library of Congress: N/A

Lexile measure: 640L

DRA: 70

Guided Reading: Z



If she could -- if her parents would let her -- eighth-grader Windy would change everything about herself. She'd get highlights in her hair, a new wardrobe; she'd wear makeup. But nothing ever changes. The mean girls at school are still mean, and Windy's best friend Elena is still more interested in making up words than talking about boys.

And then one day, Windy gets the change she's been looking for. New girl Nina -- impossibly cool, confident, and not afraid of anyone -- starts hanging out with Windy! Nina even wants to be "breath sisters." Windy isn't sure what that means, exactly, but she knows she wants to find out. It sounds even better than a BFF.

Windy is right, at first. Being a breath sister gains her a whole new set of friends, girls she feels closer to and cooler with than anyone else. But her inclusion in the new crowd comes at a dangerous price. Windy wants to change everything about her life ... but is she really willing to give up everything in the process?
Diana Lopez

Diana López is the author of Confetti Girl and several other books for young readers. She also has several primas, who she gets along with most of the time. Currently, Diana teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Houston in Victoria, Texas. For more information about Diana and her books, visit her online at


  • “Diana López has written a novel that is sure to touch readers with its simplicity and sincerity. A beautiful story that is as important as it is moving.” – Heather Hepler, author of The Cupcake Queen

    “Surprisingly real.” – Kirkus Reviews

    “Urgent and necessary … a realistic portrait about the pressures of belonging.” – El Paso Times


--- - I knew it was a stupid question, but I had to ask. "Is this how you become a breath sister?"
Nina laughed a little, and I felt like a kid who still believes thunder is the sound of angels bowling. "I thought you knew what a breath sister was," she said.
"I do. It's like being a blood brother, right?"
"The concept's the same."
I stared at her, waiting for more.
She stopped blowing on my nails but still held my hands. Then she asked, "Have you ever heard of the choking game?"

ISBN: 9780545418225

240pp. | 5-½ x 8-¼