6" x 9"
Level: 4.8, Points: 10Scholastic Reading Counts
Level: 5.7, Points: 17Lexile
Level: 770LAwards & Honors
ALA Best Books for Young Adults 2010; 2009 William C. Morris YA Debut Award FinalistGenre
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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