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Hold Fast

Title

Hold Fast

Authors

Blue Balliett

Publisher

Scholastic Inc

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780545299886

Pages

288 pages

Genre

realism

Format

chapter book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared, and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless--and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Topic

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Homelessness; Biracial; homeless family; living in a shelter; mixed race

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 2014
100 Best Children's and YA Mysteries of the Past Decade, 2015
It's a Mystery! Books for Curious Kids and Teens, 2015
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2014
Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth, 2013
Choices, 2014
Core Collection: Middle-Grade Mysteries, 2015
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2014
Alabama Camellia Children's Choice Award, 2014-2015
Nominee
Golden Sower Award, 2015-2016
Nominee
Lamplighter Award, 2014-2015
Nominee
Land of Enchantment Book Award, 2014-2015
Nominee
North Carolina Children's Book Award, 2015
Nominee
Read On Wisconsin, 2014-2015
Nominee
William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2015-2016
Nominee
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
Listen Up Awards, 2013, Winner, Young Adult

Keywords

family life; kidnapping; mystery and detective stories; fathers and daughters; smuggling

Diversity Impact

direct

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