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The Blind Faith Hotel

Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster 2008

Olson Nature Writing Award WinnerGreen Earth Book Award Winner

The Blind Faith Hotel is a winner of the 2009 Green Earth Book Award, the 2009 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, the Great Lakes Book Award, an ALAN December Pick, and an Illinois Arts Council Grant Recipient.

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When her family falls apart, fourteen-year-old Zoe feels like her whole world is going to pieces. Zoe’s mother takes her kids away from their father, a fisherman who ships out to Alaska, and moves them to a run-down farmhouse she’s inherited in the Midwest. Zoe’s stuck– in more ways than one.

Surrounded by strangers and a sea of prairie grass, she loses her bearings. A brush with the law lands Zoe in a work program at a local nature preserve. But the work starts to ground and steady her. When she meets a wild boy who shares her love of untamed places, it seems he might help Zoe find her way. Or is he too lost, too damaged himself?

Funny and poignant, sharp-eyed and real this is a portrait of a girl looking for her own true self and a place she can call home.