Former Diesel bookseller Nina LaCour has been nominated as a finalist for the William C. Morris Debut Award for Young Adult Literature for her first young adult novel, Hold Still:
After Caitlin’s best friend Ingrid commits suicide, Caitlin has a hard time making sense of the loss. She finds Ingrid’s journal and slowly allows herself to read it and learn about why Ingrid felt the need to end her life. Caitlin also grapples with allowing herself to find another friend, to let in a boyfriend, and to understand why her favorite teacher is ignoring her. It is the haunting story of dealing with loss, moving on, and finding peace and hope.
Hold Still is number 10 on our Top 100 for 2009 in the Oakland store, so if you haven’t read it, come pick one up. Congratulations, Nina!