Learning to Breathe


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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.4 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Janice Lynn Mather is a Bahamian writer with an MFA from the University of British Columbia. Her first novel, Learning to Breathe, was a Governor General's Literary Award finalist, a BC Book Prize finalist, shortlisted for the 2019 CCBC Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, an Amelia Bloomer's Top Ten Recommended Feminist Books for Young Readers pick, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Facing the Sun is her second novel for young adults. Janice Lynn lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family and a growing collection of dust bunnies.


"A love letter to girls--bittersweet and full of hope."--Ibi Zoboi, author of National Book Award Finalist AMERICAN STREET
"This is a stellar debut."--Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of LITTLE & LION and POINTE
"A vibrant, essential story of healing, resilience, and finding one's family."--Stephanie Kuehn, author of William C. Morris Award winning CHARM & STRANGE
"A raw, beautiful, unforgettable must-read."--Tiffany D. Jackson, author of ALLEGEDLY
"Poetic."--Angela Johnson, award-winning author of HEAVEN
"If you want to understand #MeToo for a sixteen-year old growing up on what many Americans know mostly as a tourist paradise, read Learning to Breathe. Mather is stunning as she shows us Indira's Bahamas, its landscapes, the search of a girl for herself on her island home. Indira will break your heart with her fierce voice and grit in the face of living in a family so damaged they all but abandon this beautiful girl of their own."--Terry Farish, award-winning author of THE GOOD BRAIDER
"Through well-crafted dialogue, fresh characters, and solid pacing, the book's mature themes are handled carefully and with sensitivity. A powerful, poignant story about refusing to let the past dictate who you are or who you will become."--Kirkus Reviews
"Much like Ibi Zoboi's American Street, this challenging read confronts injustice and celebrates strength of character and spirit."--Booklist
* "This is a well-written, thought-provoking book that tackles difficult topics such as unwanted pregnancy, familial relationships, and rape, with nuance... A stirring debut for all YA collections."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW
"Mather skillfully balances emotionally wrenching scenes and surprisingly humorous ones; well-drawn supporting characters...enrich this capable debut."--Publishers Weekly
"There is a realness and great level of depth to Indira's character, and Mather does a magnificent job of conveying a girl's muted existence following sexual assault and trauma."--BCCB
"Emotionally charged, thought provoking and unforgettable."--Shelf Awareness
*A Governor General's Literary Award Finalist--Shelf Awareness
*A 2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection--Shelf Awareness
*Amelia Bloomer List's 2019 Top Ten Recommended Feminist Books for Young Readers--Shelf Awareness