Holding Up the Earth

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Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000 - Juvenile Fiction - 210 pages
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It has been eight years since Hope’s mom died in a car accident. Eight years of shuffling from foster home to foster home. Eight years of trying to hold on to the memories that tether her to her mother. Now Sarah, Hope’s newest foster mom, has taken her from Minneapolis to spend the summer on the Nebraska farm where Sarah grew up. Hope is set adrift, anchored only by her ever-present and memory-heavy backpack. Accustomed to the clamor of city life, Hope is at first unsettled by the silence that descends over the farm each night. But listening deeply, she begins to hear the quiet: the crickets’ chirp, the windsong, the steady in and out of her own breath. Soon the silence is replaced by voices, like echoes sounding across time — the voices of girls who inhabited the old farmhouse before her. Reluctantly, Hope begins to stretch down roots in the earth and accept this new family as her own.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Carrying her battered Garfield backpack—which carries a small bag of her mother's ashes—14-year-old Hope accompanies Sarah, her current in a long line of foster mothers, to Nebraska. Anna, Sarah's ... Read full review

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User Review  - periwinklejane - LibraryThing

Lovely YA novel about several generations of young women growing up on the Nebraska prairie. Gentle, bittersweet, and satisfying. Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Dianne E. Gray's first novel for young people, Holding Up the Earth, won a Willa Literary Award and was selected for the American Library Association's list of Best Books for Young Adults 2001. She grew up on the Nebraska prairie and now makes her home in the Mississippi River town of Winona, Minnesota.

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