Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian




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Author: Chris Bohjalian



A heartbreaking, wildly inventive, and moving novel narrated by a teenage runaway, from the bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls.
Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is
the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless teen living in an igloo made of
ice and trash bags filled with frozen leaves. Half a year earlier, a
nuclear plant in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom had experienced a
cataclysmic meltdown, and both of Emily's parents were killed.
Devastatingly, her father was in charge of the plant, and the meltdown
may have been his fault. Was he drunk when it happened? Thousands of
people are forced to flee their homes in the Kingdom; rivers and forests
are destroyed; and Emily feels certain that as the daughter of the most
hated man in America, she is in danger. So instead of following the
social workers and her classmates after the meltdown, Emily takes off on
her own for Burlington, where she survives by stealing, sleeping on the
floor of a drug dealer's apartment, and inventing a new identity for
herself an identity inspired by her favorite poet, Emily Dickinson.
When Emily befriends a young homeless boy named Cameron, she protects
him with a ferocity she didn't know she had. But she still can't outrun
her past, can't escape her grief, can't hide forever and so she comes up
with the only plan that she can.

A story of loss, adventure, and the search for friendship in the wake of catastrophe, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is one of Chris Bohjalian’s finest novels to date breathtaking, wise, and utterly transporting.





  • Print Length: 288 pages

  • Publisher: Doubleday (July 8, 2014)


  • Sold by: Random House LLC

  • Language: English

  • ASIN: B00HTMBEN4



Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian


The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen




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Author: Erika Johansen



Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in
which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to
be a ruler and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress
determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess
Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey
back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and
serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little
resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But
though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not
defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of
immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a
cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus.
Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use
every weapon from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic to
prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood,
Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called
upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost
nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything,
confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular
daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance
of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a
sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to
discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can
trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has
only just begun a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by
fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.





  • Print Length: 448 pages

  • Publisher: Harper (July 8, 2014)


  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

  • Language: English

  • ASIN: B00FVW7CVM



The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen