Hold Still

by Nina LaCour

Illustrations by 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: November 2009

JLG Member Price

Out of Stock

Mature Young Adults Plus

Grades 11 & Up


14 books / $16.30 a book

  • Book Details




    Print Book





    Page Count


    Trim Size

    6" x 9"

    Dewey Classification


    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 4.8, Points: 10

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 5.7, Points: 17


    Level: 770L

    Awards & Honors

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



    Author/Illustrator Biographies

    Nina LaCour grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. Her first job, at fourteen, was at an independent bookstore. She has tutored and taught in various places, from a juvenile hall to a private college. She now teaches English at an independent high school and lives in Oakland, California. Hold Still is her first book.

    Ms. LaCour says, "When I was in ninth grade, one of my classmates took his life. Even though Hold Still is not autobiographical, I felt compelled to write about something that I wrestled with in my own teenage years --the journey to finding oneself again in the wake of a great loss.

    "Hold Still is about loss, but it 's also about art. Throughout the book, even as Caitlin is struggling, she is finding joy in creation. "


    Mia Nolting writes, "Nina and I have known each other since we were teenagers, and I began creating illustrations for the book while it was still in its early drafts. At that point, the book was part of Nina 's graduate thesis. . . . I worked on the illustrations while Nina was still editing the manuscript, so there was this great back-and-forth process of letting the drawings evolve with the novel. Because I knew the story so well, I felt really comfortable creating illustrations that felt like they came from Ingrid's character, and that fit the tone of the novel. "


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