Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

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Middle and high school readers will pass this powerful, engaging story around and around. Adults should be ready to join in the discussion that follows.
-Kirkus

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Veronica Mars meets William Shakespeare in a brave and unforgettable YA heroine whose story will inspire and provoke.

Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don't cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a small town. The team's summer training camp is Hermione's last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

In every class, there's a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They're never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she's always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The rape wasn't the beginning of Hermione Winter's story and she's not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.

"E.K. Johnston has a seemingly limitless range.... This is realistic fiction at it's best."—The Globe & Mail 

★ "Johnston’s clever—but never precious—update of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is unflinching but not at all graphic in its treatment of sexual violence.... Middle and high school readers will pass this powerful, engaging story around and around."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "Fierce and gorgeously drawn, this is a rape story that doesn’t focus on victimhood."—Booklist, starred review

 “A beautifully written portrait of a young woman facing the unthinkable, this is a must-buy for high school collections.”—SLJstarred review

"Exit, Pursued by a Bear is an important new novel comparable with Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.”—VOYA.


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About E.K. Johnston

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E.K. Johnston is the author of The Story of Owen and its sequel, Prairie Fire. The Story of Owen earned four starred reviews and was a JLG selection, a Kirkus Prize Finalist, and an LA Times Book Prize finalist; it received a YALSA William Morris honor, a Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten placement, and spots on several best-of-2014 lists. Prairie Fire was also a JLG selection and has so far earned a starred from Kirkus, which called the book “grand, heartbreaking, ennobling and unforgettable.” Her third novel, A Thousand Nights, will publish in October 2015 with Hyperion.
Author Residence: Canada
Author Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
 
Published March 15, 2016 by Dutton Books for Young Readers. 254 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Dec 08 2015

Middle and high school readers will pass this powerful, engaging story around and around. Adults should be ready to join in the discussion that follows.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 13 2016

While Hermione is a victim, Johnson never portrays her as victimized, instead focusing on how Hermione reasserts control over her life with help from family, friends, and therapy, using her own decisions to push back against something in which she had no such choice.

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