Follow Your Arrow

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$18.99  $17.66
Scholastic Press
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5.8 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Jessica Verdi is the author of And She Was, My Life After Now, The Summer I Wasn't Me, and What You Left Behind. She is a graduate of The New School's MFA in Writing for Children program and lives in New York. You can find her online at


Praise for Follow Your Arrow:

Both sweet and empowering, Jessica Verdi's Follow Your Arrow reminds us that the best path we can take is the one that's uniquely all our own. -- Ashley Herring Blake, author of the Lambda Literary award finalist Girl Made of Stars

Jessica Verdi delivers a thoughtful story about love, heartbreak, and self-discovery. I was cheering on CeCe as she found her voice to stand up for what she believes in and -- as importantly -- for herself. Follow Your Arrow shot straight into my heart, in the best possible way. -- Elizabeth Eulberg, international bestselling author of Better Off Friends

A page-turning exploration of the perils of social media and the complexities of sexuality. -- Kirkus Reviews

Praise for And She Was:

Verdi just gets better and better with every book. And She Was is a beautiful, multilayered journey of love, understanding, and empathy that made me want to be a better daughter, ally, and person. -- Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights

A heart-tugging, powerful story of family, identity, and the struggle for acceptance. A beautiful novel that treats every moment with incredible care, Jessica Verdi's latest is a different kind of love story -- one about loving yourself, your family, and your life. And it features my favorite mother-daughter relationship since Gilmore Girls. -- Corey Ann Haydu, author of OCD Love Story

An engrossing story about the collision of big, grand dreams and long-held life-saving family secrets. I could not stop turning pages and cheering for Dara. -- Caela Carter, author of Tumbling

And She Was took me right back to my adolescence, a time when I was struggling to come to terms with my trans parent's identity while figuring out my own. -- Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Sharon Shattuck

* Verdi's respect and care are evident in every character in the book . . . A triumph -- an exquisite mirror in which trans parents and their children will see themselves. And for once, the reflection won't break their hearts. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The message of love and support here rings clear. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Compelling . . . a valuable addition to library collections. -- School Library Journal

Praise for What You Left Behind:

* Verdi eloquently details the trials and tribulations of being a single teen dad... [Verdi] holds nothing back... An excellent addition to YA collections. -- School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for The Summer I Wasn't Me:

This title is recommended as a quality piece of fiction in a teen collection, and especially as part of an LGBTQ collection. -- Voice of Youth Advocates

Praise for My Life After Now:

Debut author Verdi paints Lucy's devastation and her tangled emotions with honesty and compassion... Information about living with HIV is peppered throughout, but Verdi's novel never preaches, instead telling Lucy's story with realism and hope. -- Publishers Weekly