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Middle Grade Historical Fiction
Delacorte Press/Random House
June 11, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-385-74326-6 (hc)
ISBN: 978-0-307-98312-1 (ebook)
ISBN: 978-0-375-99103-5 (library bndg)

Jennifer Holm's fans will root for Lizzie Hawkins.

Trouble has rained down on Lizzie Hawkins. Her daddy has deserted the family, her mama is silent with sadness, and the bank is after their house.

Daddy always said Lizzie was born to succeed, but right now she can't even hold on to her top grades or her best friend, Ben. Bratty newcomer Erin Sawyer has weaseled both away from Lizzie, but Erin won’t be satisfied until Lizzie is out of her hair for good, packed off straight to the nearest orphanage.

Still, Lizzie refuses to lose what's left of her family. With the bank deadline fast approaching, Erin causing strife at every turn, and Mama and Ben slipping away from her, Lizzie finds comfort writing in her journal and looking at Daddy's face in the heirloom locket he left her. She's keeping her head high and holding onto hope that Daddy returns on her twelfth birthday. Still, she can’t help wondering: Why did Daddy have to leave? And can I save us if he doesn't come home?

Times may be tough in Bittersweet, Alabama, but the unsinkable Lizzie Hawkins will inspire readers with her resilience and determination.

Praise for Every Day After:

“A beautiful story of acceptance and determination. Lizzie Hawkins reminds us that in the midst of losing something precious we may find something equally important: ourselves.”   –Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY
“There is a clear, pleasing sense of time and place in this debut novel, created through solid details of a difficult daily life. Lizzie’s…determination is commendable. Inspired by the writer’s grandparents’ experiences, this Depression-era story should resonate with modern middle-grade readers.”   –Kirkus
“The novel’s Southern dialect and Depression-era setting are solidly evoked—debut author Golden pulled from her own family’s history to create Lizzie’s story. …Lizzie’s innate resilience and determination are memorable and inspiring.” –Publisher’s Weekly

"From her desire to catch the local legendary one-eyed catfish to her love of Goo Goo Clusters, Lizzie's stubborn yet resourceful spirit shines through in Golden's splendid Southern storytelling." --Angela Leeper for BookPage 

"The plot is at times tense, with a... satisfying conclusion. The characters are memorable. Lizzie is often self-absorbed, unsympathetic, and highly competitive, but as she matures, she recognizes these traits in herself and tries to grow. ... Readers will likely see parallels between Lizzie’s time and personality and their own."–Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Library for School Library Journal

"Set in Bittersweet, Alabama, in 1932, Golden’s debut brims with local color and colloquialisms. The characterizations of Lizzie and best friend Ben are particularly well drawn, and Golden is effective in conveying their different approaches to hardships—Lizzie confronts every obstacle with a battle, while Ben trusts everyone, including those he shouldn’t. ...Pair with Clare Vanderpool’s Moon Over Manifest (2010).— Kay Weisman for Booklist

Awards and Honors:

*Winner of the Alabama Author Award for Juvenile Fiction *Girl Scouts Studio Selection 
*Kirkus Stars & Recommendations List
*Books-A-Million Featured Books brochure

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