Holding On to Zoe by George Ella Lyon

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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?


About George Ella Lyon

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George Ella Lyon grew up just down the road from Blanton Forest, the largest old growth forest in Kentucky, and has always felt most at home in the woods. Some of her recent titles include the ALA Notable All the Water in the World, the Schneider Family Book Award–winner The Pirate of Kindergarten, the Jane Addams Peace Award Honor Book You and Me and Home Sweet Home, and Planes Fly! A novelist and poet, she lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. You can find out more online at GeorgeEllaLyon.com.
Published July 17, 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 175 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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But as she talks about her experiences—the “get-acquainted meetings” for the workers run by Dr. Stapleton (whom Jules thinks is an efficiency expert), the craziness of the other employees, and the vitamins the staff insists she take—it gradually becomes apparent that Jules is delusional and in an...

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This spare, tense novel explores the aftermath of the ectopic pregnancy of 16-year-old narrator Jules. Lyon (Sonny’s House of Spies) weaves skepticism and mystery around the baby, which Jules names Z

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Jules copes with abandonment by Damon (the classmate who got her pregnant) and the harsh reactions of her cold, overworked mother—who initially refuses to believe Jules is pregnant—and her supportive, if brutally honest best friend, Reba, who bursts into tears nearly every time Jules mentions...

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