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Author: Blue Balliett Narrator: Bahni Turpin Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2013 ISBN: 9780545570152
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From NYT bestselling author Blue Balliett, 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 you think would disappear. But he's gone. And he's left a whole lot of trouble behind.

It's not enough that Early can't find out what's happened to him. His vanishing leads to Early and her mom and her brother being kicked out of their apartment. Having nowhere else to go, they move into Chicago's shelter system. And from there, Early must start getting answers to her questions.

Because Early's father hasn't disappeared without a trace. There ARE traces. And Early's going to use them to track her father down . . . and make her way out of a very tough place.
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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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About the Author

Blue Balliett is the author of several acclaimed mystery novels, including The Wright 3, The Calder Game, The Danger Box, and Chasing Vermeer, an Edgar Award winner. She graduated from Brown with a degree in art history and currently resides in Chicago.

About the Narrator

Bahni Turpin, winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and several prestigious Audie Awards for her narrations, was named a “Golden Voice” by AudioFile magazine in 2019. Publishers Weekly magazine named her Narrator of the Year for 2016. She is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What about Brian, and The Comeback. Film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of the Dust. She is also a member of the recording cast of The Help, which won numerous awards.