Jennifer Longo - What I Carry

For readers of Robin Benway's Far from the Tree, a powerful and heartwarming look at a teen girl about to age out of the foster care system.

Growing up in foster care, Muir has lived in many houses. And if she's learned one thing, it is to Pack. Light. Carry only what fits in a suitcase.
Toothbrush? Yes.
Socks? Yes.
Emotional attachment to friends? foster families? a boyfriend? Nope!
There's no room for any additional baggage.
Muir has just one year left before she ages out of the system. One year before she's free. One year to avoid anything--or anyone--that could get in her way.

Then she meets Francine. And Kira. And Sean.
And everything changes.

"A deeply touching story about survival, hope, and love and an important addition to the literature of foster care. Muiriel's journey will transfix readers from the first to the last page."-- Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

" What I Carry is not only a necessary book --it's a charming, honest, and hopeful one. This is a story you'll fall for." --Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist, and author of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book, A Heart in a Body in the World

"You will carry this book in your heart for a long, long time."--Jeff Zentner, William C. Morris Award winning author of The Serpent King and Goodbye Days

"Funny, painful, fresh, and real, Jennifer Longo's What I Carry will break your heart and put it back together again." -- 
Martha Brokenbrough, author of Kirkus Prize Finalist The Game of Love and Death

"A knock-down hope-filled story to fall in love with...Read this book. Then pass it on." --Holly Cupala, author of Don't Breathe a Word

"This smart, funny, beautiful book is sure to mend hearts as well as open minds." --Jo Knowles, author of Where the Heart Is

 

Jennifer Longo is the author of Six Feet Over It and Up to This Pointe. She holds an MFA in Writing for Theater from Humboldt State University. Jennifer lives in Seattle with her husband and daughter and writes about writing at jenlongo.com. You can also find her on Twitter @JenLiaLongo.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780553537710
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 21st, 2020

Up to This Pointe Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780553537673
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 19th, 2016

Six Feet Over It Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780449818749
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Published: Ember - January 12th, 2016