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For readers of Robin Benway's Far From the Tree, a powerful and heartwarming look at a teen girl about to age out of the foster care system.

Growing up in foster care, Muir has lived in many houses. And if she's learned one thing, it is to Pack. Light.
Carry only what fits in a suitcase.
Toothbrush? Yes.
Socks? Yes.
Emotional attachment to friends? foster families?
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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    Nancy Fischer
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I had the chance to hear Jennifer Longo speak at an NCIBA luncheon. Her presentation was funny, poignant and sincere. I picked up an ARC of her novel afterward... and was immediately hooked by the utterly unique voice and story.

    In What I Carry, Jennifer Longo writes.... Exactly the right thing. Every single time.

    This story about Muir, abandoned at birth, named by the nurses in the NICU, and her journey through the foster system and towards the chance to unpack, find love and home, is moving wi
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    Lauren
    Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    4.5 stars - a beautiful story of nature. A story of friendship and finding it where you least expect it. Foster care is a subject that isn’t talked about enough in juvenile fiction. And I love the characters in What I Carry.
    Lily Maguire
    Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    As the third of my summer reading books, I read What I Carry by Jennifer Longo. It follows Muir, seventeen year old girl who was worked through the foster care system her entire life, and is about to “age out” and be forced to live and provide for herself. She has been assigned to her final foster mother, a New York City woman who promises herself that Muir is her last foster child. Throughout her life, Muir has lived with a “no emotional baggage” policy. She makes it a priority to not get that ...more
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    I do not usually cry when I read books. I get misty...occasionally...but crying? Not so much. So it's saying a whole hell of a lot that when I finished this book I was sobbing. I love Muiriel. Love Francine. Love Sean and Kira and Terry Johnson. And the writing is the kind that makes you want to be a better writer. Hands down the best book I've read in 2019.

    Laura Namey
    Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    Oh my, this book shines with well-drawn characters, a beautiful story, and gorgeous prose. I ate up every single word and this book has joined the ranks of being one of my favorite reads of all time. Don't miss this gem!
    Jenna (Bookiemoji)
    Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Too soon to discuss! I look forward to reading the finished book!! ❤ ...more
    Andrew
    Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Muiriel's one constant love is nature, but she refuses to put down roots. Born into the foster care system, she's moved through many homes (often willingly). Now, age seventeen, she's put to the test of staying in one place for her senior year on Bainbridge Island in Seattle, and everything about life here is perfect... yet she's determined not to become attached. Longo has a way of writing that brings you niche, extraordinary facts one might not seek out themselves-- I learned a lot about John ...more
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    Jennifer Longo’s WHAT I CARRY (Penguin Random House) publishes Januray 21, 2020. Her debut novel SIX FEET OVER IT ("SUPERB" - Kirkus, Starred) published 2014 by Penguin Random House, Edited by Chelsea Eberly and represented by Melissa Sarver at Folio Literary. Her second novel, UP TO THIS POINTE ("SAVVY...VIVIDLY CONVEYED" The Bulletin, Starred) published 2016, also courtesy of Penguin Random Hous ...more
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