The Art of Holding on and Letting Go

Bartley Lenz (Author)


A Junior Library Guild Fall 2016 Selection
When every piece falls into place, it s like a dance, a delicate but powerful balancing act. The art of holding on and letting go at the same time.
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."

Product Details

Price: $12.95  $11.91
Publisher: Elephant Rock Productions, Inc.
Published Date: September 12, 2016
Pages: 307
Dimensions: 5.4 X 1.0 X 8.1 inches | 0.95 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9780996864916
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About the Author

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 coeditor of the Michigan Chapter blog for the Society of Children s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Royal Oak, Michigan."


Cara s story is about finding yourself, your family, and your center. Lenz encourages readers to think outside the pages, to find their own place in the world as Cara discovers hers." Meghan Dietsche Goel, BookPeople, Austin, Texas"
A powerful, enveloping story about grief the deep layers of heartbreak bubbling beneath the surface and the ways relationships help us through our toughest times." Kelly Jensen,"
I loved this book. There's plenty of humor, a hint of romance, and great rock climbing scenes that will have you riveted. Anne Rouyer, New York Public Library"
[Kristin Bartley Lenz] offers a thoughtful meditation on life after loss with the story . . . Lenz effortlessly explains complicated climbing terminology and intermixes moments of levity with contemplative quotations from naturalists and mountain climbers. Publishers Weekly"
"This is a richly layered story, visceral and thoughtful in equal parts." Tim Wynne-Jones, author, The Emperor of Any Place"
"From dangling over a vertical rock face in Ecuador to navigating the rocky emotional terrain of friendship and love at home, Cara s journey totally captured my heart. Hold on tight to this book! Vicky Alvear Shecter, author, Cleopatra's Moon"
"Although this tale is about one of the most risky and exhilarating sports of all, this book is rather quiet, gradual, and sweet." VOYA Magazine"
"Eloquent debut." Booklist
Cara is an appealing, engaging narrator. Surrounded by a well-rounded cast, Cara's journey toward a peaceful, fulfilling life is almost perfectly depicted. A compelling, unusual coming-of-age story." Kirkus Reviews"