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Holding On to Zoe

George Ella Lyon

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

After sixteen-year-old Jules has her baby, Zoe, it doesn’t matter anymore that her mother thinks she’s a drama queen, or that her father left them years ago, or even that Zoe’s father is gone, too. She and her baby make a family now; she doesn’t need anyone else in the world except Zoe.Though it's tough being a new mom, balancing Zoe’s needs with working at the Toyota factory and thinking about how to finish school, Jules is sure she’ll figure it out. Still, she wonders, why can’t anyone be happy for her and Zoe? And why does her mom refuse to believe that Zoe's real?

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I SWEAR I WON’T WORK IN THAT FACTORY one day longer. It is killing my legs, my ears, my back. Tending the line that puts door handles on minivans, that’s what I do: sweeping to make sure nothing’s underfoot for workers and taking production numbers from the foreman to the supervisor. The machines count, of course, but they want a human count, too. All day I hear the zing and whump of the machines, feel the vibration that aches my bones. Halfway through the afternoon I tell myself, You’re never coming back. You don’t have to. Nobody can make
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Praise for Holding On to Zoe

"...readers will gain an important new perspective on why some teens welcome the idea of pregnancy.”--BCCB

“…an intriguing window into the life of a damaged teen.”--Kirkus

 
". . . readers will be intrigued by this unique story." —Booklist
 

“Lyon brings in the real issues that can and do cause so much heartbreak around teen pregnancies: disappearing boyfriends, conflicts with parents, the shortage of affordable child care, and getting a high school diploma as the girl struggles with her delusions and refuses to accept the truth.” – School Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • George Ella Lyon

  • George Ella Lyon is an award-winning poet and author. She has written more than 35 books for young readers, including the Schneider Family Book Award picture book The Pirate of Kindergarten and the young adult novel Sonny's House of Spies, as well as numerous books for adults. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky. 
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Holding On to Zoe

George Ella Lyon

CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI)
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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