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Eleven and Holding

Title

Eleven and Holding

Authors

Mary Penney

Publisher

Harper Collins Publishing

Publication Year

2016

ISBN

9780062405470

Pages

248 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Macy Hollinquest is eleven years old, and don't count on her to change that anytime soon. Her birthday is just days away, but she has no intention of turning twelve without her dad by her side. He'd promised to be there for her big day, and yet he's been gone for months -- away after his discharge from the army, doing some kind of top secret, "important work." So Macy's staying eleven, no matter what -- that is, until she meets Ginger, a nice older lady who is searching for her missing dog. Ginger's dog search is the perfect cover for Macy's attempt to locate her dad. But her hunt puts her on a path to a head-on collision with the truth, where she discovers that knowing can sometimes be a heavy burden. And that change, when finally accepted, comes with an unexpected kind of grace.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Military families; Homosexuality; father in the military; gay adult

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

male/male

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2016, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction

Keywords

children of military personnel; veterans; middle school; dog; dementia

Diversity Impact

direct

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