"A harrowing survival story.... Sam and Riddle are wonderfully appealing characters.... A highly suspenseful read with a dynamic, cinematic quality that keeps the pages turning to the satisfying conclusion."
"Sloan, a film writer and director (Angels in the Outfield and Made in America ), has fashioned a cast of memorable characters with compelling stories and relationships."
4/1/11"Readers will love the sense of karmic justice and the depth of character in this beautiful and moving story about how two boys journey toward home." -- ROMANTIC TIMES 3/31/11 Sloan delivers a cinematic, psychologically nuanced first novel of star-crossed love and the power of human empathy and connection. Her skills as a writer are never in doubt.
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY copyright 04/11/11Sam and Riddle are two of the most utterly sympathetic characters to grace a page; there aren't enough warm, fuzzy blankets in the world to wrap around these deserving boys.
--THE BULLETIN FOR THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS
copyright June 2011
A 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book
A 2011 Los Angeles Public Library Best of YA Book
A 2011 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book
A Holland Golden List Award Winner
* "Illustrates how we are all connected in big and small, positive and negative ways....[This] riveting story will keep readers interested and guessing until the end."—School Library Journal, starred review
* "[A] life-affirming exploration of the subtleties of love, compassion, and relationships. . . . Like the song it was named for, this book is hard to get out of your head."
—The Horn Book, starred review
* "Sloan builds characters rich with depth and realism.... A terrific read, quick to capture the audience, this book will make readers sing the melody in their hearts."—VOYA, starred review
"[Sloan] has fashioned a cast of memorable characters with compelling stories and relationships."—Kirkus Reviews
"Sam and Riddle are wonderfully appealing characters that readers will root for....A highly suspenseful read with a dynamic, cinematic quality that keeps the pages turning to the satisfying conclusion."—Booklist
"Sloan delivers a cinematic, psychologically nuanced first novel...[and] excels at crafting memorable characters and relationships."—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Holly Goldberg Sloan was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and spent her childhood living in California; the Netherlands; Istanbul; Washington, DC; and Oregon. She has written and directed a number of successful family feature films. The mother of two sons, Holly lives with her husband in Santa Monica, California. I'll Be There
is her debut novel.