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Congrats to a great friend and awesome writer, Kristin Lenz, who has just been named the winner of the Helen Sheehan Book Prize. Her book, The Art of Holding on and Letting Go,  will be published by Elephant Rock Books in Fall 2016!


Helen Sheehan prize

From their press release:

Elephant Rock Books YA

Congratulations to Kristin Lenz

Winner of the 2015 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize

Indie publisher Elephant Rock Books YA is pleased to announce our judges unanimously selected The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Lenz as the winner of the 2015 Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize.

ERB publisher Jotham Burrello found the caliber of this year’s submissions high. “With over seventy submissions, it was a competitive contest. Thank you to everyone that submitted. I’m pleased that Kristin will follow the great success of Jessie Ann Foley’s Printz Honor Winner, The Carnival at Bray. Kristin will be the next great voice in YA fiction.”

Set in Ecuador, Michigan, and California, The Art of Holding on and Letting Go is a story about the transformative power of nature, love and loss, and discovering that home can be somewhere very different from where you started.

The novel will be published in Fall 2016.

Judges’ Praise for The Art of Holding On and Letting Go

“A powerful, enveloping story about grief, the deep layers bubbling beneath the surfaces of every individual, and the ways relationships help us through our toughest times.”—Kelly Jensen, and

“I loved this book. There’s plenty of humor, a hint of romance, and great rock climbing scenes that will have you riveted.”—Anne Rouyer, NYC Librarian

“Cara’s story is about finding yourself, your family and your center. Lenz encourages readers to think outside the pages, to find their own place in the world as Cara discovers hers.”—Meghan Dietsche Goel, BookPeople, Austin, TX

Kristin Lenz is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and co-edits the Michigan chapter blog. Her writing has appeared in Hunger Mountain and Great Lakes ReviewThe Art of Holding On and Letting Go is her first book.

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