Alyzon Whitestarr

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Alyzon Whitestarr
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Alyzon Whitestarr first edition cover.
Author Isobelle Carmody
Cover artist Miles Lowry
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Young adult
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication date
26 September 2005
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 604 pp (first edition)
ISBN 0-14-300243-0

Alyzon Whitestarr is a 2005 young adult novel by Isobelle Carmody.


Alyzon Whitestarr was first published in Australia on 26 September 2005 by Penguin Books in trade paperback format.[1] It was released by Random House in the United States in 2005.[2] Alyzon Whitestarr won the 2005 Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel and the 2005 Golden Aurealis for best novel.[3]


Alyzon Whitestarr does not take after her musically talented father or her nocturnal, artistic mother. She considers herself to be the most normal member of a very eccentric family until an accident changes that.

When she wakes from a coma after an accident suddenly colors are more vibrant. Her memory is flawless; but strangest of all is Alyzon’s sense of smell. She can smell people's feelings, view flashes of their lives and perceive their essences. Her best friend smells of a comforting sea breeze. She registers her father’s contentment as the sweet scent of caramelized sugar. But why does the cutest guy in school smell so rancid? With these new senses she discovers that some people's spirits have been infected by a sentient disease.[4]

With Alyzon’s extrasensory perception comes intrigue and danger, as she becomes aware of the dark secrets and hidden ambitions that threaten her family. In the end, being different might be less of a blessing than a curse.


  1. ^ "Bibliography: Alyzon Whitestarr". ISFDB. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Formats and Editions of Alyzon Whitestarr". WorldCat. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  3. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 2006 Aurealis Awards". Locus Online. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  4. ^ "Alyzon Whitestarr by Isobelle Carmody". Penguin Books. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 

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