ONLINE EVENT: Cameron Kelly Rosenblum - "The Stepping Off Place"
Cameron Kelly Rosenblum presents The Stepping Off Place, her stunning, YA contemporary realistic debut that tackles friendship, grief, and mental health. Cameron will be in conversation with Kim Savage, author of In Her Skin and After the Woods. In addition to discussing The Stepping Off Place, Cameron and Kim will talk about strong female friendships across YA genres.
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ABOUT THE STEPPING OFF PLACE
Cameron Kelly Rosenblum tackles friendship, grief, and mental health in her stunning, YA contemporary realistic debut. Perfect for fans of All the Bright Places and We Were Liars.
Reid doesn’t know how to exist without her best friend and social oxygen, Hattie. They’ve been inseparable since middle school. And now, the summer before senior year, Reid finds herself in the thick of Scofield High’s in-crowd, all because of Hattie.
But days before Hattie is due home from her summer vacation in Maine, Reid gets the news that Hattie has drowned. Reid is in utter disbelief, especially when she learns it’s ruled a suicide. Driven by bone-deep loyalty and a desperate need to understand, Reid searches for answers. In doing so, she uncovers painful secrets about the person she thought she knew better than herself. And the truth will force Reid to reexamine everything.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
From the author's website: "I grew up in southern Connecticut and have loved stories in every form all my life. In fourth grade, Mr. Timpanelli read aloud one I’d written about a harrowing dog-walk. When everyone laughed at all the right moments, I decided I’d become an author when I grew up.
I studied English Literature at Kenyon College and earned my M.Ed. from Lesley University. After teaching in the classroom for a while, I scored the amazing job of children’s librarian, which keeps me immersed in great books constantly. It inspired me to try my hand at middle grade fiction, but when I tried writing in Reid’s voice for The Stepping Off Place, I felt like I’d come home.
I live with my husband and children in southern Maine with two dogs, a cat, and two rabbits my daughter talked me into after she’d been away at summer camp for three weeks. The Stepping Off Place is my first novel."
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Kim Savage was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, and received her master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University. Her work includes After the Woods and Beautiful Broken Girls. She lives with her husband and children north of Boston. Visit her online at kimsavage.me