Hold Still

By: Nina LaCour

Illustrator: Mia Nolting

Ingrid didn't leave a note. Three months after her best friend's suicide, Caitlin finds what she left instead: a journal, hidden under Caitlin's bed. "I stare at it in my hands forever, just feeling its weight, looking at the place where one Wite-Out wing is starting to flake off. Then, once my hands are steadied, I open to the first page." Black-and-white illustrations. A 2010 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist.

ISBN: 9780525421559

JLG Release: Nov 2009


Sensitive Areas: Sexual themes, Drugs, Underage drinking, Suicide,
Topics: Suicide , Friendship , Mental depression , Recovery , Photography , The creative process

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Awards & Honors

ALA Best Books for Young Adults 2010; 2009 William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Horn Book

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 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.

Junior Library Guild


• Characters are detailed and feel refreshingly contemporary.
• Compelling depiction of friendship; the author shows people sometimes making the wrong choices in relationships before making the right ones.
• LaCour offers enough of a glimpse of Ingrid before her suicide for readers to understand Caitlin’s loss.
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• Characters are detailed and feel refreshingly contemporary.
• Compelling depiction of friendship; the author shows people sometimes making the wrong choices in relationships before making the right ones.
• LaCour offers enough of a glimpse of Ingrid before her suicide for readers to understand Caitlin’s loss.
• Caitlin’s interactions with her photography teacher are particularly intriguing, frustrating, and affecting. The teacher is shown as not being all good or bad but more complex.
• The book is invested in the creative process and shows that there are multiple steps involved in moving from inspiration to finished art.

Book Details

ISBN

9780525421559

First Release

November 2009

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.8; Points: 10;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.7; Points: 17;

Lexile

Level 770L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Dutton

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Sexual themes, Drugs, Underage drinking, Suicide,

Topics

Suicide, Friendship, Mental depression, Recovery, Photography, The creative process,

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