The Art Of Holding On And Letting Go, Kristin Bartley Lenz

 YA Fiction

The Art of Holding on and Letting Go

By Kristen Bartley Lenz

“A compelling, unusual coming-of-age story.” —Kirkus

Junior Library Guild Fall 2016 Selection

“Eloquent debut.” —Booklist



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.



Binding: Paper
ISBN: 9780996864916
Pages: 307
Price: $12.95
Age: 12 and up

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Kristin Bartley Lenz


Kristin Bartley Lenz

is a writer and social worker whose career has taken her through rural Appalachia, the California Bay Area, and inner-city Detroit. She is the co-editor of the Michigan Chapter blog for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The Art of Holding on and Letting Go is her first book.

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