The Girls of No Return

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Arthur A. Levine Books, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 345 pages
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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.

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User Review  - EuronerdLibrarian - LibraryThing

4.5 Wonderful writing, beautiful palpable setting, great character development, effective use of metaphors—there’s a lot to recommend this book. An engrossing, psychological read, Saldin explores ... Read full review

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User Review  - ilikethesebooks - LibraryThing

Alice Marshall is an alternative school for girls in the middle of the wilderness, and every one who goes there has the burden of their own "Thing" - the reason they find themselves at their secluded ... Read full review

About the author (2012)


Erin Saldin went on her first backpacking trip in northern Idaho at age fourteen. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Best New American Voices series, as well as multiple literary magazines. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

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