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After running away from her fifth foster home, Holly, a twelve-year-old orphan, travels across the country, keeping a journal of her experiences and struggle to survive.
Publisher: New York : Laurel Leaf/Random House Children's Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780375849121


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Mar 09, 2013

Twelve year-old's Holly's life is horrific, to say the least. Her father died before she was born. Her mother was a drug addict who OD'd. Her current set of step parents routinely lock her in the basement and flush her head in the toilet. And she can deal with all of that, but when her stepfather refuses to stop touching her, she decides to runaway, this time for good. She travels across the country, stowing away in bus cargo holds and trains, sleeping in parks, libraries and shelters, hoping to somehow start a better life.

This book weaves journaling and poetry together in a first person narrative that both breaks your heart and inspires you. We follow Holly as she takes food from dumpsters, steals from church donation boxes and flees the violence that exists with life on the streets. Author Van Draanen should be commended for the complexity and emotion in Holly's tale. Holly's anger at the unfairness of life pours out of the pages of the book, and we the reader, understand why she would be so angry.

Great book. A must for a middle school library.

Aug 06, 2012

Very good. Quite desturbing in a few parts, but overall a really good read.

Mar 30, 2012

A girl named Holly wanted to runaway from her foster home but once she did she started to miss having a home and she really couldn't survive anymore. So she found a new place to stay with a new family.

Nov 07, 2011

so so so sad for Holly but it was a awesome book!

Jul 21, 2011

Real action book. Also sad but not depressing, since she works everyhting out. Really dramatic though. This book is way better than some action and drama films.

Jan 23, 2011

it's soo, sad and it really gets to the heart. 12 year Holly, lives a rough life when she was younger. then now she an orphan, but she hates the orphanage, so she runs away. and she keeps this diary as telling wat she does to survive, wat happens and how she survives. So this book is a Diary type.

Mar 09, 2010

This Book Has Content thats is perfect for preteens i know that because im 10 so i know this book was the best book about orphans ive ever read. it may be a little young for anyone over the age of 14 but i strongly reccomend this book for ages 7+


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Sexual Content: Although there is no explicit descriptive details given, it is implied that the touching by Mr. Fisk was of a sexual nature. This offers a good opening for talking with your parents/children about what kind of touch is appropriate and the dangers of living on the street.

Violence: Holly describes and alludes to several violent experiences, although not with any blood or gore. It is presented in a matter-of-fact manner and offers the opportunity to discuss violence with your parents/children.

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