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Learning to Breathe Hardcover – Jun 26 2018

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (June 26 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1534406018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1534406018
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 821 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #336,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A love letter to girls—bittersweet and full of hope.” (Ibi Zoboi, author of National Book Award Finalist AMERICAN STREET)

“This is a stellar debut.” (Brandy Colbert, award-winning author of LITTLE & LION and POINTE)

“A vibrant, essential story of healing, resilience, and finding one’s family.” (Stephanie Kuehn, author of William C. Morris Award winning CHARM & STRANGE)

“A raw, beautiful, unforgettable must-read.” (Tiffany D. Jackson, author of ALLEGEDLY)

“Poetic.” (Angela Johnson, award-winning author of HEAVEN)

“If you want to understand #MeToo for a sixteen-year old growing up on what many Americans know mostly as a tourist paradise, read Learning to Breathe. Mather is stunning as she shows us Indira's Bahamas, its landscapes, the search of a girl for herself on her island home. Indira will break your heart with her fierce voice and grit in the face of living in a family so damaged they all but abandon this beautiful girl of their own.” (Terry Farish, award-winning author of THE GOOD BRAIDER)

"Through well-crafted dialogue, fresh characters, and solid pacing, the book's mature themes are handled carefully and with sensitivity. A powerful, poignant story about refusing to let the past dictate who you are or who you will become." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Much like Ibi Zoboi’s American Street, this challenging read confronts injustice and celebrates strength of character and spirit." (Booklist)

* "This is a well-written, thought-provoking book that tackles difficult topics such as unwanted pregnancy, familial relationships, and rape, with nuance... A stirring debut for all YA collections." (SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW)

*A Junior Library Guild Selection

About the Author

Janice Lynn Mather is a Bahamian writer with an MFA from the University of British Columbia. She has been a collector of interesting jobs: journalist, conversationalist, performance poet, and professional finger-wagger. Currently, she lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she hunches over her computer, grows vegetables, dabbles at the beach, reads in the sun, grumbles at the rain, and, most of all, writes.

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