Salt the Water

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$18.99  $17.66
Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
5.8 X 8.4 X 1.2 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Candice Iloh is a first-generation Nigerian American writer whose books center home. They are from the Midwest by way of Washington, DC, and Brooklyn, New York. They are a proud alumna of the Rhode Island Writers Colony, and their work has earned fellowships from Lambda Literary, VONA, and Kimbilio Fiction and a residency with Hi-ARTS, where they debuted their first one-person show in 2018. Candice became a 2020 National Book Award Finalist and, in 2021, a Printz Award Honoree for their debut novel, Every Body Looking. Salt the Water, their third novel, earned Candice their second Michael L. Printz Award Honor in 2024.
A Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

★"Daring, beautiful, and necessary."--Kirkus, starred review

★"Iloh delivers another electric novel in verse. ... A necessary reminder to young adults that there's no shame in standing up for yourself."--Booklist, starred review

★ "Iloh's lyrical words, impactful text formatting, and raw emotion imbue this story with authentic joy and pain...[T]his timely exploration of the many shortcomings of the U.S. public education system will be sure to generate much discussion among students and teachers alike... A heartfelt lament for what America could be but chooses not to, this is a must-purchase for high school libraries. Recommended for fans of Ibi Zoboi and Amber McBride." - SLJ, starred review

"Offers myriad avenues for rumination on personal autonomy and self-expression."--Publishers Weekly

"There are many things Iloh accomplishes in Salt The Water, but the most impressive, and arguably the most important, is that this unflinching portrayal of the necessary irreverence of Black teenagers on a complicated quest for self-actualization is one of the best I've seen in a long time."--Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Long Way Down

"Candice Iloh has painted a deeply moving portrait of Cerulean, a passionate and bright teen whose abrasive school life is in direct contrast to their loving and tender home life in the Bronx. Urban gardens serve as a poignant yet hopeful metaphor for the nurturing and care that young people need to navigate tumultuous cityscapes, public schools, and the fragile fault lines in their lives and in the world." --Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award Finalist and New York Times bestselling coauthor of Punching the Air

"Candice Iloh's Salt the Water invites the radical work of envisioning freedom. I learned so much from seventeen-year-old Cerulean: to do more than hope for and dream of freedom, but to plan for it. To bury my hands in the soil, in the vibrant verse of this story. To go there."-- Safia Elhillo, award winning author of Home Is Not a Country and Girls that Never Die