The Girls of No Return

By SALDIN, Erin

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ISBN
978-0-545-31026-0 978-0-545-39253-2
Publisher
Scholastic Arthur A. Levine Bks.


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on April 1, 2012  |  Grades 5-up

Gr 8 Up—Anger over her mother's abandonment when she was small leads 16-year-old Lida to resent her father and stepmother and to abuse herself by cutting. Her harmful behavior lands her in the Alice Marshall School for troubled girls, deep in the Idaho wilderness. After a shaky start, Lida gradually befriends hard-edged Boone, who takes her on forbidden hikes to a forest lookout station where 25-year-old Ben gives the girls alcohol but otherwise behaves as a good friend. When drop-dead-gorgeous Gia arrives at the school, she and Boone hate one another at first sight, an animosity fueled by Lida, who is juggling a friendship with each of them. Once Lida int...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on February 1, 2012

Every girl at the Alice Marshall School ends up there for a reason, but, as fifteen-year-old Lida explains, the "Thing" that gets each one packed off to this correctional boot camp in the wilds of Idaho isn't always obvious. "Because, see, even though most girls were sent to Alice Marshall for one specific thing that they did, a final straw like robbing a wine bar, our Things were more complicated than that. They were as layered as the contour lines on a map." Simila...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2012

Lida attends the Alice Marshall School, a correctional boot camp in the Idaho wilds. She keeps her secrets close, gradually reveali...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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