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The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristen Bartley Lenz

Cara’s life revolves around rock climbing. When she isn’t in competitions, she is roaming the world with her parents finding new climbing challenges. But when tragedy strikes, Cara’s life changes abruptly. Now Cara must adapt to life with her grandparents in suburban Detroit, far from the California mountains that she loves. Not only that, for the first time ever, Cara is stuck in public school.

The Art of Holding on and Letting Go uses a background of rock climbing to teach valuable life lessons. Cara’s experience explores new friendships, family relationships, grief, and healing in an interesting coming of age story. With enjoyable characters and new insight to the rock climbing world, Lenz tells an interesting story that will catch the attention of teen readers.


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