The Stepping Off Place


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$17.99  $16.73
Quill Tree Books
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5.5 X 8.3 X 1.5 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Cameron Kelly Rosenblum grew up in Connecticut. She studied English literature at Kenyon College and earned a master's in education at Lesley University. Her time as a teacher and children's librarian inspired her to write for young people. The Stepping Off Place is her debut novel. The Sharp Edge of Silence is her second. Cameron lives near Portland, Maine, with her husband, son, daughter, two dogs, and a cat. Visit her online at or on Twitter @ckellyrose.


"The large cast of characters are well and sensitively drawn. The novel doesn't glorify suicide or dwell on the details of death. Instead it explores loss, futility, honesty, and love, with a richness of prose and excellence of characterization rare in a first-time author. A story to savor." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Rosenblum's debut novel is a beautifully written examination not only of the sadness of grief, but of the uncertainty it can bestow upon everything. Perfect fans of Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places, [this] is a novel that moves beyond a story of loss into one of self-discovery." -- Booklist

"Mysterious, playful, tender, and deeply true to its unforgettable heroines, you will fall in love with this story of an iridescent friendship and its unfathomable loss." -- Jodi Lynn Anderson, New York Times bestselling author

"The Stepping Off Place is a riveting and full-hearted exploration of grief and the aftermath of loss, but more than that, it's a beautiful reminder that there are few things as precious in life as the friendships we have when we are young." -- Jessie Ann Foley, Printz Honor-winning author of Sorry for Your Loss

"Riveting, aching, and devastating in the best ways, [Cameron] Kelly Rosenblum's moving debut is my favorite Young Adult novel of 2020." -- Kim Savage, author of the critically acclaimed After the Woods, Beautiful Broken Girls, and In Her Skin

"A spectacular novel! A page turner that lingers." -- Lynda Mullaly Hunt, author of New York Times bestseller Fish in a Tree and Bank Street Best Book, One for the Murphys

"This story captures all the passion and insecurity inherent in coming of age friendships. A not-to-be-missed debut that will make you laugh and cry, and ultimately embrace the multi-faceted, complex nature of existence." -- Estelle Laure, author of This Raging Light