Hold Fast

Hardcover | March 1, 2013

byBlue Balliett

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From bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system.

Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who you think would disappear. But he's gone. And he's left a whole lot of trouble behind.

It's not enough that Early can't find out what's happened to him. His vanishing leads to Early and her mom and her brother being kicked out of their apartment. Having nowhere else to go, they move into Chicago's shelter system. And from there, Early must start getting answers to her questions.

Because Early's father hasn't disappeared without a trace. There ARE traces. And Early's going to use them to track her father down... and make her way out of a very tough place.

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From bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system.Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who you think would disappear. But he's gone. And he's left a whole lot of trouble behind.It's not enough that Early can't find out what's happened to him. His vanishing leads to Early ...

Blue Balliett's first novel, Chasing Vermeer, was a Book Sense Book of the Year and an Edgar Award winner. Kirkus Reviews called The Wright 3 "another tour de force blending art, math, philosophy, history and literature." And when The Calder Game appeared, Publishers Weekly said (in a starred review) that "Balliett outdoes herself with...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.56 × 5.75 × 0.94 inPublished:March 1, 2013Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545299888

ISBN - 13:9780545299886

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique, Heartbreaking, yet hopeful As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. Because her father hasn't disappeared without a trace. There are patterns and rhythms to what's happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place. The Good Stuff Very unusual and truly unique Fast paced and totally engrossing, I did not want to put it down Early is a wonderful character that you cheer for and want to help Heartbreaking, honest and real Focuses on the power of words, a love of language and the library world - of course I am going to love it Highlights the plight that families that are homeless live through - the prejudice they fight, the lack of resources, help and understanding Stays with you long after you finished reading Stresses the importance of family and hope Not in your face or preachy with the moral aspect of the story - just shows you what life can be like for those forced onto the street and into shelters - very impressive gift Ms Balliett Will be looking for other works by this author as I was so impressed Adding this to my Staff Picks at work The Not so Good Stuff Her writing style may put off the type of reader that would benefit the most Favorite Quotes Passages ``Books are produced in batches, and the first printing is like the first batch of cookies from the oven. It`s the one everyone wants.`` ``No one official seemed to be too concerned. It was almost, Early thought, as if you weren`t 100 percent human when you came into the police station on the wrong side of the front desk. If you were upset, it was unreasonable. If you had a question, it could wait. Just the fact that you were there seemed like a strike against you. Right then Early made herself a promise: she wouldn`t be helpless, not ever, not if she could see a way out. She wouldn`t allow that to happen. She could see that being helpless in a situation like this was dangerously close to becoming just less.`` ``It`s so fun, like seeing a movie with popcorn, only better, because it stays in your head as long as you want it to and then you can go back and see parts of it again.`` Who Should Shouldn't Read Would be perfect for a class read For anyone of any age with a love for the written word The reluctant reader might have a hard time with this one which is a shame 4.75 Deweys I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review (You KNEW I would love this one didn`t you Nikole)
Date published: 2013-05-07

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Hold Fast"[Balliett's] most heart-rending novel . . . the multi-faceted Early Pearl, ever observant and always pondering, shines as bright as any diamond." —The New York Times Book Review*"Early is a clever heroine, and her smarts are enhanced by the poetry of Langston Hughes, which ripples beautifully through the story and infuses it with hope. One to ponder, this has a beat all its own." —Booklist, starred review*"A moving story of homelessness, family, and the love of words and books. Enthralling and satisfying." —Kirkus, starred review*"An engaging mystery in which books are both the problem and the solution, and the author shows that the fight to hold fast to your dreams rewards those who persevere. Excellent." —Booklist*"A captivating mystery. Woven into the story are bits of history and philosophy, mathematical puzzles and most importantly, compassion for others." —BookPage, starred review