Keeping Pace

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$18.99  $17.66
Amulet Books
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5.75 X 8.11 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Laurie Morrison taught middle school for ten years before writing Every Shiny Thing, her middle-grade debut with co-author Cordelia Jensen. She is also the author of Up for Air, Saint Ivy, and Coming Up Short. She received her MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Philadelphia.
"This well-paced novel is a balm for readers who may be struggling with senses of self that are narrowly defined by grades or athletic performance...An insightful read that highlights the struggles and strides young people make toward self-awareness."-- "Kirkus"
"The novel provides much-needed space to reflect on (family) dynamics, but the story is less about Grace figuring out her relationship with her dad than it is about figuring out her relationship with herself . . . it's through running that she gradually acknowledges her intrinsic self-worth, recognizing that it's OK to just be." -- "Booklist"
"Morrison deftly captures the anxiety of being an achievement-oriented teen girl...while also creating realistic secondary characters who highlight ways to deal with success or the lack of it..."-- "Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
"Morrison utilizes insightful prose and a steady momentum to chronicle Grace's pursuit of her goals. Her varying success and fluctuating perspectives all serve to make her feel more complete and confident, especially when she decides that "setting the pace that's right for me" is the only way to get where she wants to go."-- "Publishers weekly"