“Victoria Parker knew her dad’s behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine – until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights. Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams … all while keeping her past hidden. But some secrets won’t stay buried – especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can’t stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won’t leave you alone?” 352 pages English Grade Level 7-9 Reading Age 14-17 years Fiction
The Quiet You Carry
Nikki Barthelmess’s The Quiet You Carry is an honest, thoughtful story about a young woman coming to terms with a lifetime of abuse. Victoria’s life changed overnight. Her father threw her out of her house over what she chooses to believe is a misunderstanding.
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