February 17, 2015

distancebetween_final cover_4_1.inddEver since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her…silent.

Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.

With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back?

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“A page-turner about several kinds of survival and several kinds of faith.
This is an imposing debut novel.”
—Richard Peck, New York Times bestselling author

“This intimate portrayal of Hallelujah’s dark night of the soul while lost
and injured in the Smoky Mountains held me spellbound. Kathryn Holmes’s debut is sensitively painted, deeply romantic, and profoundly hopeful.”
—Julie Berry, author of All the Truth That’s in Me,
ALA YALSA Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults

The Distance Between Lost and Found is both a suspense-filled survival story
and a thoughtful look at faith, trust, and courage that will stay with you after you’ve turned the last page. I didn’t want it to end.”
—Trish Doller, author of Where the Stars Still Shine

“A beautifully written story of faith, friendship, and first love that is truly un-put-downable.”
—Lauren Morrill, author of Meant to Be and Being Sloane Jacobs

“Hallelujah Calhoun is a trailblazer for those who have endured lies and bullying
and learn not only to survive, but to stand up for the truth.”
—Courtney C. Stevens, author of Faking Normal

“This is a perfectly balanced novel wherein the heroine wrestles with survival of not just her body, but her spirit as well.”
—School Library Journal