The Art of Holding on and Letting Go


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$12.95  $11.91
Elephant Rock Productions, Inc.
Publish Date
5.4 X 8.1 X 1.0 inches | 0.95 pounds

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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"