Staff Review: "Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands"
This beautiful, tragic, heart-wrenching book tells the story of Emily, a teen who finds herself orphaned and homeless following a nuclear meltdown at the plant where her parents worked. Fearing that she will be blamed for the mistakes of her father, Emily runs away, assumes a new name, and struggles to survive on the streets. We sit helplessly by as she is faced with drugs, prostitution, and self-harm in her struggle between survival and self-loathing. A great supporting cast of equally tragic figures enter Emily's life along her journey and help change its course. This book will touch your heart and open your eyes to the world of troubled teens and tough choices.