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“Enthralling

and satisfying.

A moving story of homelessness.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS

starred review

 

“Engaging.

The author shows that the fight to

hold fast to your dreams rewards

those who persevere. Excellent.”

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

starred review

 

“Wonderful.

...Will pierce all readers.”

BOOKLIST

starred review

 

“This novel abounds

in heart,

shining a spotlight on the gritty

truths about homelessness.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

“[Balliett’s] most heart-rending novel.

[The] multi-faceted Early Pearl, ever observant and always pondering, shines as bright as any diamond.”

NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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HOLD FAST

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Blue Balliett is the award-winning author of the bestselling art mystery novels Chasing Vermeer, The Wright 3, The Calder Game, and The Danger Box. She lives in Chicago, IL.

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  • Hardcover • 9780545299886 • $17.99
  • eBook • 9780545510196 • $17.99
  • Audio • 9780545497664 • $34.99

A missing father. A lost home. A dangerous mystery.

From New York Times bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system, and from there must solve the mystery of her father's strange disappearance.

 

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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