Breathe and Count Back from Ten

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$19.99  $18.59
Clarion Books
Publish Date
5.5 X 8.0 X 1.4 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Natalia Sylvester is the author Running, her YA debut, as well as two novels for adults. Born in Lima, Peru, she grew up in Miami, Central Florida, and South Texas, and received a BFA from the University of Miami. She currently lives in Austin, Texas. Look for her at and follow her on Twitter @NataliaSylv.


"Seamlessly explores bodily autonomy and familial expectations through a perceptive protagonist, sharp narration, and complex relationships. . . . Powerful and engrossing." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Intricate, nuanced, and empowering." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"An authentic portrait of a character who wants to be seen for who she is and not the limitations placed on her." -- Booklist

"Readers will be pleased to see Verónica strike the right balance of being authentic to herself while valuing relationships as a two-way street." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Sylvester blends the compelling struggle of a young woman trying to find her voice with the effects of living with a serious medical condition" -- Horn Book Magazine

"A poignant and powerful story... Real and beautifully relevant." -- Laura Taylor Name, New York Times bestselling author of A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow

"Breathtaking and utterly original... A tribute to disabled bodies and a vital addition to YA literature." -- Lillie Lainoff, author of One for All

"With its deep honest, hope, emotion, and tenderness, this is a coming-of-age story I will forever hold close to my heart." -- Jonny Garza Villa, author of Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun

"A gorgeous, heartfelt exploration of what it means to know and love the body that you have... A shimmering triumph of a book." -- Amanda Leduc, author of The Centaur's Wife and Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space