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What I Carry by Jennifer Longo
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What I Carry by Jennifer Longo
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Jan 26, 2021 | ISBN 9780553537741

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“The power of relationship—both those experienced and those denied—is expertly explored throughout this novel with nuance and humanity… An exceptional addition to the coming-of-age canon.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Longo (Up to this Pointe), a foster and adoptive parent, wrote the book for her adopted daughter, who wanted a “hopeful, happy” tale; she provides it—and the book, well-written and heartfelt, is a pleasure.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

“A beautifully realized tale of a teen’s search for her place in the world.” BookPage, starred review

“The combination of authentic detail about the foster experience and respect for the protagonist makes this a particularly satisfying iteration.” —The Bulletin

“A deeply touching story about survival, hope, and love and an important addition to the literature of foster care. Muiriel’s journey will transfix readers from the first to the last page.” —Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

What I Carry is not only a necessary book —it’s a charming, honest, and hopeful one. This is a story you’ll fall for.” —Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist, and author of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book, A Heart in a Body in the World 

“You will carry this book in your heart for a long, long time.”—Jeff Zentner, William C. Morris Award winning author of The Serpent King and Goodbye Days 

“Funny, painful, fresh, and real, Jennifer Longo’s What I Carry will break your heart and put it back together again.”Martha Brokenbrough, author of Kirkus Prize Finalist The Game of Love and Death

“A knock-down hope-filled story to fall in love with…Read this book. Then pass it on.” —Holly Cupala, author of Don’t Breathe a Word
“This smart, funny, beautiful book is sure to mend hearts as well as open minds.” —Jo Knowles, author of Where the Heart Is


Kentucky Bluegrass Award NOMINEE 2021

Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year SELECTION 2021

Chicago Public Library Best Books SELECTION 2020

Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award SELECTION 2022

YALSA Best Books for Young Adults SELECTION 2020

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