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Gem & Dixie

By: Sara Zarr

Gem & Dixie is a deep, nuanced, and gorgeously written story about the complex relationship between two sisters from a broken home.

ISBN: 9780062434593

JLG Release: May 2017

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Sensitive Areas: Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use
Topics: Teen poverty , Seattle, Washington , Runaways , Sisters , Food insecurity , Neglect , Unreliable parents , High school , Popularity

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Awards & Honors

CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Fiction for Young Adults
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2017, Young Adult
Brightly Best YA Books of 2017, According to Teens
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2017: Teen Books

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Book Details



First Release

May 2017



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 4.3; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.7; Points: 15;




Print Book


Hardcover edition


Balzer + Bray

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use


Teen poverty, Seattle, Washington, Runaways, Sisters, Food insecurity, Neglect, Unreliable parents, High school, Popularity,

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