Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her…silent.
Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.
On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.
With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back?
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Praise for THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND:
“A page-turner about several kinds of survival and several kinds of faith.
This is an imposing debut novel.”
—Richard Peck, New York Times bestselling author
“This intimate portrayal of Hallelujah’s dark night of the soul while lost
and injured in the Smoky Mountains held me spellbound. Kathryn Holmes’s debut is
sensitively painted, deeply romantic, and profoundly hopeful.”
—Julie Berry, author of All the Truth That’s in Me,
ALA YALSA Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults
“First-time author, Holmes…writes with the skill of a far more experienced writer as she plots the teens’ struggles to keep going and offers vivid descriptions of nature and its sometimes terrible beauty. Equally well-handled are the story’s personal elements: letting people in, reconciling mistakes, and showing how standing up for oneself can be the hardest stand to take of all.”
—Booklist *Starred Review*
“In this absorbing debut, Holmes—as well versed in survival tactics as she is in the teenage psyche—delivers plenty of excitement.”
“Readers will root for Hallie, a compelling original, to find faith in herself.
Vivid, gripping, and believable from beginning to end—a strong debut.”
“This is a perfectly balanced novel wherein the heroine wrestles with survival of not just her body, but her spirit as well.”
—School Library Journal
“This is a novel of trauma, faith, and hope. It will appeal to a diverse audience.”
—Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)