Free

by Lisa Litberg

Since leaving home at the age of 18, Free has traveled the country searching for home. Her travels afford a variety of experiences, from following the Grateful Dead to waitressing in Chicago to selling jewelry in New Orleans’ French Market, but nothing seems to quell her sense of unrest. All the while her estranged brother Alfie is in her thoughts. Once she finds him, perhaps she’ll finally feel at home. But her world is filled with bad choices and unsavory characters, and she finds that freedom sometimes comes at a cost.

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An accomplished, touching debut featuring moving insights into the mind of a sensitive teenage boy. Johnston takes readers on a rich emotional journey in this contemporary YA tale… she masterfully conveys both the inner angst and deflective banter of a struggling adolescent boy, which is by turns humorous and heartbreaking. KIRKUS REVIEWS
What a lovely book this is! Julia Johnston has written a sweet, sad, funny, honest story of Oliver, his family and friends… tender and heart-breaking. Johnston has a wonderful insight into the heart, mind and feelings of a 15 year old boy. WRITERS’ DIGEST”The day it all began, it felt like lightning had hit our house…”

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