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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: E. K. Johnston Narrator: Jorjeana Marie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2016 ISBN: 9780399566035
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author E.K. Johnston, comes a brave and unforgettable story that will inspire readers to rethink how we treat survivors

Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don't cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a small town. The team's summer training camp is Hermione's last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

In every class, there's a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They're never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she's always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The rape wasn't the beginning of Hermione Winter's story and she's not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.

A NPR Best Book of 2016
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 
Booklist Best Book of 2016
A New York Public Library 2016 Top Ten Book for Teens
A Chicago Public Library Best Teen Fiction of 2016
Globe & Mail Best Book of 2016 
A CBC Best Book of 2016
Quill & Quire Best Book of 2016
A Bustle Top 30 YA Book of 2016
A Bookish Best Book of 2016
A finalist for Audible’s Best Young Adult Audiobook of 2016

"E.K. Johnston has a seemingly limitless range.... This is realistic fiction at it's best."—The Globe & Mail 

★ "Johnston’s clever—but never precious—update of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is unflinching but not at all graphic in its treatment of sexual violence.... Middle and high school readers will pass this powerful, engaging story around and around."Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "Fierce and gorgeously drawn, this is a rape story that doesn’t focus on victimhood."Booklist, starred review

 “A beautifully written portrait of a young woman facing the unthinkable, this is a must-buy for high school collections.”SLJstarred review

"Exit, Pursued by a Bear is an important new novel comparable with Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.”—VOYA.

"This story of a cheerleader rising up after a traumatic event will give you Veronica Mars-level feels that will stay with you long after you finish."Seventeen Magazine Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fierce and gorgeously drawn, this is a rape story that doesn’t focus on victimhood.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Johnston’s clever—but never precious—update of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is unflinching but not at all graphic in its treatment of sexual violence…Middle and high school readers will pass this powerful, engaging story around and around.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A beautifully written portrait of a young woman facing the unthinkable, this is a must-buy for high school collections.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

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About the Author

E. K. Johnston is the author of LA Times Book Prize and William C. Morris Award finalist, The Story of Owen and its sequel, Prairie Fire. The New York Times called The Story of Owen “a clever first step in the career of a novelist who, like her troubador heroine, has many more songs to sing.” E. K. Johnston lives in Ontario, where she also works as a bookseller.

About the Narrator

Jorjeana Marie has worked extensively as an actress, comedian, writer, and audiobook narrator. Her narrations have earned her ten Earphones Awards. As a stand-up comic, she often opens for renowned talents such as Louie Anderson, Richard Lewis, and Louis C.K.