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5.3 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Gillian French's debut, Grit, was an Indie Next pick, a Junior Library Guild Selection, an Edgar Award finalist, and a South Carolina Young Adult Book Award finalist. It received both a 2018 Lupine Award from the Maine Library Association and a 2018 Maine Literary Award from the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, as well as starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Booklist. Her other novels include The Door to January (Bram Stoker Award finalist), The Lies They Tell (2019 International Thriller Award finalist, an Amazon Bestselling New Release in both print and audio editions, 2019 Maine Literary Award Winner, and 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection), and The Missing Season (2019 Junior Library Guild Selection and a starred review from Booklist). She lives in Maine with her husband and three young boys.


"Tough yet tender, Grit explores new things about the girl everyone thinks they know."--Mindy McGinnis, award-winning author of The Female of the Species
"Touching, funny, and wise, Grit takes you on a journey you'll remember long after turning the last page."--Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
★ "Gorgeously written and helmed by a protagonist with an indelibly fierce heart."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
★ "Keen plotting, evocative writing, and dynamic characterization make French a writer to watch."--Booklist (starred review)
"Much like Summer's All the Rage and Smith's The Way I Used to Be, this [story] explores the damage of a culture that sees women only in regards to their sexual history and not who they are."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Excellent teen drama. This page-turner will hold the interest of mystery fans. A strong choice for most collections."--School Library Journal
"Lands an effective punch."--Publishers Weekly
"Gripping. Complex but patient plotting and evocative prose elevate this moody coming-of-age novel."--The Horn Book