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The Art of Holding on and Letting Go
by Kristin Bartley Lenz


Overview - A Junior Library Guild Fall 2016 Selection
When every piece falls into place, it s like a dance, a delicate but powerful balancing act. The art of holding on and letting go at the same time.
Competitive climber Cara Jenkins feels most at home high off the ground, clinging to a rock wall by her fingertips.
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Overview
A Junior Library Guild Fall 2016 Selection
When every piece falls into place, it s like a dance, a delicate but powerful balancing act. The art of holding on and letting go at the same time.
Competitive climber Cara Jenkins feels most at home high off the ground, clinging to a rock wall by her fingertips. She s enjoyed a roaming life with her mountaineering parents, making the natural world her jungle gym, the writings of Annie Dillard and Henry David Thoreau her textbooks. But when tragedy strikes on an Ecuadoran mountaintop, Cara s nomadic lifestyle comes to an abrupt halt.
Starting over at her grandparents home in suburban Detroit, Cara embarks on a year of discovery, uncovering unknown strengths, friendships, and first love. Cara s journey illustrates the transformative power of nature, love and loss, and discovering that home can be far from where you started."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780996864916
  • ISBN-10: 0996864911
  • Publisher: Elephant Rock Productions, Inc.
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 307
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-06-27
  • Reviewer: Staff

Debut author Lenz offers a thoughtful meditation on life after loss with the story of 15-year-old Cara Jenkins, a competitive climber. At a competition in Ecuador, Cara learns of a volcanic eruption near Mount Chimborazo, imperiling her parents and her Uncle Max, renowned mountaineers. With her parents safe but distraught and Uncle Max missing, Cara is sent to live with her grandparents in Michigan. Formally homeschooled, Cara adjusts to high school life, making friends with goths Kaitlyn and Nick, who are both struggling with their own traumas. With new friendships, a stronger appreciation for her grandparents, possible romance, and mysterious notes urging her to start climbing again, Cara heals even as her parents remain in Ecuador, determined to continue in Max’s honor. Lenz effortlessly explains complicated climbing terminology and intermixes moments of levity with contemplative quotations from naturalists and mountain climbers, quotes that Cara’s father uses to communicate with her. Though Cara’s ability to face her fears and help others do the same is noteworthy, the tidy ending doesn’t quite do justice to the complexity of Cara’s character and situation. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)

 
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