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Hold Still Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Lacour, Nina, Nolting, Mia (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0142416940     ISBN-13: 9780142416945
Publisher: Speak
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2010

Annotation: As Caitlin struggles to cope with her best friend Ingrid's suicide, she turns inward and quiet, but finding Ingrid's hidden journal, a new classmate, and new projects help Caitlin find a way to reach out again.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Grief; Fiction.
Suicide; Fiction.
Best friends; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2009050789
Lexile Measure: 770
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 0.50" (0.55 lbs) 229 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 132847
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 10.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q47699
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 17.0
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Contributor Bio(s): iv> Nina LaCour (www.ninalacour.com) is the author of the award-winning Hold Still and widely acclaimed The Disenchantments. Formerly a bookseller and high school English teacher, she now writes and parents full time. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Nina lives with her family in Oakland, California.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring)
Caitlin is adrift after the suicide of her best friend, Ingrid; even her beloved photography course fails to inspire her. When Caitlin finds Ingrid's journal, she gains insight into her friend's complex life and discovers a measure of hope for herself. LaCour's debut is a fresh take on a well-worn subject and a passionate argument for creativity as a vehicle for healing. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 August #5)

LaCour makes an impressive debut with an emotionally charged young adult novel about friendship and loss. Caitlin begins her junior year in high school bitter and stunned over the recent suicide of her best friend Ingrid, a talented photographer and artist. Afraid to risk new friendships and unable to continue her own artistic endeavors, Caitlin finds herself in a state of paralysis, wrestling with questions that may remain unanswered. Then she discovers Ingrid's journal, a record of her thoughts during her final days, and reasons for her tragic, perhaps inevitable fate begin to come to light. What is most remarkable about LaCour's tale is her ability to make the presence of an absent character so deeply felt. The entries and pictures in Ingrid's journal vibrate with feeling and provide insight into the pain of chronic depression ("the sun stopped shining for me is all. the whole story is: i am sad. i am sad all the time and the sadness is so heavy that I can't get away from it"). Ingrid's secrets are excruciating to discover, but the ample evidence of her creative force makes it clear that her life had meaning. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)

[Page 1]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 December)

Gr 10 Up—After losing her best friend, Ingrid, to suicide, Caitlin is completely immobilized. Unable to function, and refusing to visit a therapist, she begins the long journey to wellness alone. During this year of heart-wrenching, raw emotion, Caitlin finds Ingrid's journal, which not only reveals her descent into irreversible depression, but also serves as Caitlin's vehicle for renewed hope in the future. The book is written with honesty, revealing one's pain after the loss of a loved one. Caitlin learns, with the help of new friends and her parents, that there is life after Ingrid.—Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK

[Page 124]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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