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From New York Times bestselling author Blue Balliett comes the story of a girl who falls into Chicago’s shelter system and from there must solve the mystery of her father’s strange disappearance.

Where is Early’s father? He’s not the kind of father who would disappear. But he’s gone—and he’s left a whole lot of trouble behind.

As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers … because her father hasn’t disappeared without a trace. There are patterns and rhythms to what’s happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place.

With her signature, singular love of language and sense of mystery, Blue Balliett weaves a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago streets to the darkest corner of the public library, on an unforgettable hunt for deep truths and a reunited family.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The quiet courage on display in this book is heartbreaking and insightful.  Blue Balliett deserves high praise for creating a great family of characters and treating their story—and the issue of homelessness—with such concern and respect.”

    Michael Nameche, The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

  • “[Hold Fast] abounds in heart, shining a spotlight on the gritty truths about homelessness.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Early is a clever heroine, and her smarts are enhanced by the poetry of Langston Hughes, which ripples beautifully through the story and infuses it with hope. One to ponder, this has a beat all its own.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Taking her title from a Langston Hughes poem, the author of Chasing Vermeer weaves a moving story of homelessness, family, and the love of words and books...Enthralling and satisfying.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2013 Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award Nominee
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