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And We Stay
by Jenny Hubbard


Overview - A Michael L. Printz Honor Award Winner
"A gentle, lyrical story of incomprehensible sorrow faced with quiet courage."--ELIZABETH WEIN, "New York Times" bestselling author
"Hubbard treats tragedy and new beginnings with a skilled, delicate hand."--JOHN COREY WHALEY, author of "Where Things Come Back," winner of the Michael L.
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Overview

A Michael L. Printz Honor Award Winner
"A gentle, lyrical story of incomprehensible sorrow faced with quiet courage."--ELIZABETH WEIN, "New York Times" bestselling author
"Hubbard treats tragedy and new beginnings with a skilled, delicate hand."--JOHN COREY WHALEY, author of "Where Things Come Back," winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
Senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school with a stolen gun, threatens his girlfriend, Emily Beam, and then takes his own life. Soon after, angry and guilt-ridden Emily is sent to a boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where two quirky fellow students and the spirit of Emily Dickinson offer helping hands. But it is up to Emily Beam to heal her own damaged self, to find the good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.
A "Boston Globe" Best YA Novel of the Year
A "Kirkus Reviews" Best Book of the Year
A Tayshas High School Reading List Selection
* "As graceful as a feather drifting down, this lyrical story delivers a deep journey of healing on a tragic theme."--"Kirkus Reviews," Starred
* ""And We Stay" is a little gem of a book. . . . there is certainly something for anyone looking for a good read with a strong, believable female lead who is working her hardest to overcome tragedy."--"School Library Journal," Starred
"Hubbard's writing is elegant and emotional."--"Publisher's Weekly"
"This novel is accomplished, polished, and mixes prose and poetry to stunning effect."--"Booklist
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"Hubbard . . . captures perfectly the turbulence of young love, the bonds of friendship, and the push-and-pull dynamic between teens and adults."--VOYA

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385740579
  • ISBN-10: 0385740573
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publish Date: January 2014
  • Page Count: 224
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP

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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-10-21
  • Reviewer: Staff

Seventeen-year-old Emily Beam transfers to the Amherst School for Girls in the middle of her junior year carrying two secrets: her boyfriend Paul committed suicide after she broke up with him, and their breakup was motivated by her pregnancy and her parents’ pressure on her to have an abortion. Grieving and guilty, Emily discovers writing poetry to express her feelings, and Hubbard forms the novel with the same blend of prose and verse she used in her critically acclaimed debut, Paper Covers Rock. Less successfully, Hubbard forces a connection between Emily and Amherst’s most famous poet, Emily Dickinson, that never quite lives up to the younger Emily’s claim that “ brain has been hijacked,” despite her composing some charming Dickinson-style poetry. Hubbard’s writing is elegant and emotional in both styles, and the revelation of Emily’s history carries the first half of the book, though the plot falters when there is little of the past left to discover. Mature readers who enjoy a bit of melancholy and might spark to Dickinson will be in good company on Emily’s journey. Ages 14–up. Agent: Jonathan Lyons, Lyons Literary. (Jan.)

 
BookPage Reviews

Coming of age, with the help of Emily Dickinson

Jenny Hubbard’s outstanding debut novel, 2011’s Paper Covers Rock, was set at a boys’ boarding school in the 1980s, where a young man struggled to find his poetic voice while overcoming a personal tragedy. Hubbard’s second novel, And We Stay, explores many of the same themes from a female perspective.

It’s early 1995, and Emily Beam has just started school at Amherst School for Girls, notable for its most famous alumna, Emily Dickinson. No one at ASG knows Emily’s whole story, which she begins to explore via poems, although she’s never before had any inclination to write poetry. As Emily attempts to fit in at ASG and strives to articulate her feelings about the events surrounding her boyfriend’s recent death, she begins to feel a real kinship with Dicksinson, whose work proves “to other daughters of America, the ones who endure, who rise like rare birds from the ashes, that they are not alone.”

Hubbard is an accomplished poet as well as a novelist, and Emily Beam’s poems are remarkably good. Writing these poems leads Emily out of the darkness of a New England winter and into a fragile spring—out of tragedy and into something resembling hope.

 
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