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The Quiet You Carry


By: Nikki Barthelmess

Price: CAD $21.99

Publisher: NORTH STAR EDITIONS

Imprint: Flux

272 Pages

7.99 X 5.28 X 0.91 ins

ISBN:  9781635830286 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 03/05/2019

Victoria Parker knew her dad's behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fineĀ—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights.

Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams . . . all while keeping her past hidden.

But some secrets won't stay buriedĀ—especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can't stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won't leave you alone?

A positive addition to the sparse YA literature on foster care.This hard-to-put-down novel takes on grim topics unflinchingly but also gives readers hope that honesty and kindness will prevail. - Kirkus Reviews

This hard-to-put-down novel takes on grim topics unflinchingly but also gives readers hope that honesty and kindness will prevail. - Kirkus Reviews

A raw, unflinching work of fiction that delves into the world of foster care. - School Library Journal

A thought-provoking story about abuse and the importance of speaking out. - Foreword Reviews

As beautiful as it is heartbreaking. - Eric Smith, author of The Girl and the Grove


Nikki Barthelmess is a journalist published everywhere from lifestyle blogs to survivalist magazines. She entered foster care in Nevada at twelve, and spent the next six years living in six different towns. During this time, Nikki found solace in books, her journal, and the teachers who encouraged her as a writer. She graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. Nikki lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her pride-and-joy Corgi pup. The Quiet You Carry is her debut novel.



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