Learning to Breathe

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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5.5 X 8.3 X 1.2 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Janice Lynn Mather is a Bahamian Canadian author. Her first novel, Learning to Breathe, was a Governor General's Award finalist, a Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize finalist, shortlisted for the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, an ALA/YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, an Amelia Bloomer Book List pick, and a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her second novel, Facing the Sun, was an Amy Mathers Teen Book Award winner. Where Was Goodbye? is her third novel for teens. Janice Lynn lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
"A love letter to girls--bittersweet and full of hope."--Ibi Zoboi, author of National Book Award Finalist AMERICAN STREET
"This is a stellar debut."--Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of LITTLE & LION and POINTE
"A vibrant, essential story of healing, resilience, and finding one's family."--Stephanie Kuehn, author of William C. Morris Award winning CHARM & STRANGE
"A raw, beautiful, unforgettable must-read."--Tiffany D. Jackson, author of ALLEGEDLY
"Poetic."--Angela Johnson, award-winning author of HEAVEN
"If you want to understand #MeToo for a sixteen-year old growing up on what many Americans know mostly as a tourist paradise, read Learning to Breathe. Mather is stunning as she shows us Indira's Bahamas, its landscapes, the search of a girl for herself on her island home. Indira will break your heart with her fierce voice and grit in the face of living in a family so damaged they all but abandon this beautiful girl of their own."--Terry Farish, award-winning author of THE GOOD BRAIDER
"Through well-crafted dialogue, fresh characters, and solid pacing, the book's mature themes are handled carefully and with sensitivity. A powerful, poignant story about refusing to let the past dictate who you are or who you will become."--Kirkus Reviews
"Much like Ibi Zoboi's American Street, this challenging read confronts injustice and celebrates strength of character and spirit."--Booklist
* "This is a well-written, thought-provoking book that tackles difficult topics such as unwanted pregnancy, familial relationships, and rape, with nuance... A stirring debut for all YA collections."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW
*A Junior Library Guild Selection
"Mather skillfully balances emotionally wrenching scenes and surprisingly humorous ones; well-drawn supporting characters...enrich this capable debut."--Publishers Weekly
"There is a realness and great level of depth to Indira's character, and Mather does a magnificent job of conveying a girl's muted existence following sexual assault and trauma."--BCCB
"Emotionally charged, thought provoking and unforgettable."--Shelf Awareness
*A Governor General's Literary Award Finalist
A 2019 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection
*Amelia Bloomer List's 2019 Top Ten Recommended Feminist Books for Young Readers