The Girls of No Return by Erin Saldin

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CUT meets HATCHET in this lacerating debut about girls, knives, and redemption.

The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area stretches across two million acres in northern Idaho. In its heart sits the Alice Marshall School, where fifty teenage girls come to escape their histories and themselves.

Lida Wallace has tried to negate herself in every way possible. At Alice Marshall, she meets Elsa Boone, a fierce native Idahoan; Jules, who seems too healthy to belong at the school; and Gia Longchamps, whose glamour entrances the entire camp. As the girls prepare for a wilderness trek, Lida is both thrilled and terrified to be chosen as Gia's friend. But everyone has their secrets--their "Things" they try to protect; and when those come out, the knives do as well.

THE GIRLS OF NO RETURN is a bold and powerful debut.
 

About Erin Saldin

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Published February 1, 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books. 357 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Boone takes Lida hiking to a nearby fire lookout to meet Ben, a friendly supplier of booze, Lida knows she has gained Boone’s trust—but Gia’s intrusion and manipulations roil the plot.

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Two novels explore very different sources of alienation for teenage girls.

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Through Lida, Saldin never tips her hand—never overtells, never holds back information to spin a mystery out longer, never resorts to the horribly overused “someone is interrupted just before spilling necessary information” dialogue trick.

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The academy is a last resort for girls with problems, but Lida, like the other girls, has no wish to discuss her “Thing”—the transgressions that landed her in a literal wilderness.

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Teen Voices

At the Marshall School for Girls, girls who have committed misdemeanors learn to become better behaved and find who they want to be and who they really are.

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