Hold Fast

Hold Fast

by Blue Balliett


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From NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system, and from there must solve the mystery of her father's strange disappearance.

Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who would disappear. But he's gone . . . and he's left a whole lot of trouble behind.

As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers. Because her father hasn't disappeared without a trace. There are patterns and rhythms to what's happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place.

With her signature, singular love of language and sense of mystery, Blue Balliett weaves a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago streets to the darkest corner of the public library, on an unforgettable hunt for deep truths and a reunited family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545299893
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/27/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 164,024
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Blue Balliett is the author of several bestselling, acclaimed mystery novels, including Hold Fast, Chasing Vermeer (a Book Sense Book of the Year and an Edgar Award winner), The Wright 3, The Calder Game, and The Danger Box. She writes in the laundry room of her home in Chicago, Illinois, and you can find her online at blueballiettbooks.com.

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Hold Fast 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is by far the best Blue Balliett book. Join Early Pearl as she, her mom Summer, and her little brother Jubilation hold fast to the family. Unfortunately, there are no pentominoes in this one. I recommend this for any reader(including any adults who are Blue Balliett fans)ages eight and up. Happy reading!~Etalien
book4children More than 1 year ago
This was a weird read for me. I expected to like this book a lot, but unfortunately, it just didn't measure up to my expectations. The Pearl family ends up homeless after their father mysteriously disappears. The first half of the book deals with homeless life, getting settled and adjusting to living in a shelter, etc. It isn't until the second half of the book that we get any clues on the missing father. I had a difficult time connecting to the style of writing and to the characters. I went into the book expecting a mystery, and ended up getting wrapped up in the social issue surrounding homeless families. Just when I had adjusted my thinking to that side of the story, it became a mystery again. There was also a lot of talk of rhythm, numbers, and poetry. I will admit that my thoughts wandered in those parts. On the plus side, I did like the mystery. Not everything was believable, but that's okay. Ultimately, I'd say give this book a shot. Most of the reasons I had for not enjoying the book were due to my own personal taste, so you may love it. Besides, the cover is ah-mazing! Content: Clean
Anonymous 11 months ago
To me it was sad but it made me want to read more and i dont find alot of books like that
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great book but so sad i read it in class one day we thought dash was never coming home
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well rounded book