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Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go: A Novel of Haiti

Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go: A Novel of Haiti

Author(s): Laura Rose Wagner

Location(s): Haiti

Genre(s): Young Adult

Era(s): 2010



Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go is the vivid story of two teenage cousins, raised as sisters, who survive the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, though they lose the woman who raised them, Manman. They must fend for themselves in the aftermath, living in a camp set up by a charity. Magdalie and Nadine are inseparable, making the best of their new circumstances with an affectionate, lively cameraderie, until Nadine, whose father lives in Miami, sends for her but not Magdalie. As she leaves, Nadine makes a promise she cannot keep: to bring Magdalie to Miami, too. The novel follows Magdalie as she gradually accepts that she will not be reunited with Nadine and re-embraces her life in Haiti and the possibilities for her there–for love, friendship and a future. Her story parallels the author’s hopes for Haiti.

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The book opens with a chilling description of the Haiti earthquake through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old girl named Magdalie. If you know Haiti, then reading this book is equivalent to taking another trip...

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