"A beautifully crafted, bittersweet story about an unlikely friendship that sets two very different people free." --Melina Marchetta, author of the 2009 Printz Award winner JELLICOE ROAD
"Hubbard uses beautifully evocative language, and the details of the badlands setting are perfectly realized. Even minor characters are complex and believable, but most compelling are Grace and Mandarin... This excellent novel is a must for high school collections."--School Library Journal
"Hubbard's first novel is replete with lovely imagery, with the Wyoming landscape being perhaps the most nuanced of her characters... Grace's struggle to reconcile her past and present selves, along with her recognition of Mandarin's fragility, drives this lyrical coming-of-age story." --Publishers Weekly
About the Author
A travel writer and young adult author, KIRSTEN HUBBARD has hiked ancient ruins in Cambodia, dived with wild dolphins in Belize (one totally looked her in the eye), slept in a Slovenian jail cell, and navigated the Wyoming Badlands (without a compass) in search of transcendent backdrops for her novels. She lives in San Diego, California. This is her first novel.