Hold Fast

Hold Fast

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On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared, and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless--and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Press, 2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780545299893
0545299896
9780545299886
0545299888
Branch Call Number: J MYSTERY Balliett Blue 02/2013
Characteristics: 274 p. ;,22 cm.

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On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared, and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless--and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father.

On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared, and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless--and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father.

On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared, and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless--and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father.

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JCLBrownM Apr 30, 2013

I loved this book, in the beginning, because the 4 member Pearl family is so lovingly drawn. They live in a one room apartment, but are so rich in love,imagination, curiousity and books. But, when the father, who is a library page, mysteriously disappears leaving the rest of the family homeless... Read More »


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black_panda_2123 May 23, 2015

I think this is a wonderful book to read anytime and is for anyone. The many twists and turns ensure that there is something i this book to appeal to many different people. I never regretted reading this book and i am glad I decided to read it. I would recommend this book to people who like a good story line and wonderful, lovable characters.

ChristchurchLib May 28, 2013

"After her father disappears off the bitter cold streets of Chicago and a devastating break-in forces her family to move to a homeless shelter, bright, determined fifth-grader Early Pearl begins to suspect that the clues she needs to reunite her family are hidden in the Langston Hughes book her father left behind. Combining Blue Balliett’s distinctive brand of clever, complex mystery with the harsh but hopeful struggle of a loving family in a tough situation, this touching, compassionate novel is sure to captivate readers long after they've turned the last page." May 2013 Kids' Books newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=638754

JCLBrownM Apr 30, 2013

I loved this book, in the beginning, because the 4 member Pearl family is so lovingly drawn. They live in a one room apartment, but are so rich in love,imagination, curiousity and books. But, when the father, who is a library page, mysteriously disappears leaving the rest of the family homeless, the mystery doesn't hold together very well. It's still a good read for that closeness of family and, also, the picture of the family dealing with the stress of homelesssness and the world of shelters is very well done.

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