Keep Holding On


Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the bullying of her classmate takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it's time to stand up for herself - and for the love that keeps her holding on.




North American Publisher: Viking Children's Books

Foreign rights: Penguin, Kimberly Ryan (

Film rights: Gillian MacKenzie (



"The familiar story of bullying is elevated by Colasanti's smart dialogue, quirky characters and richy layered plot. Readers will engage intellectually and emotionally with each character, and the countdown toward graduation that marks every chapter heightens Noelle's desperation to escape.... Emotionally satisfying from beginning to end."--Kirkus Reviews