In a nutshell: After being homeschooled, Lily faces 6th grade bullies with the promise to her dad that she’ll try to speak out, a seemingly insurmountable task until she corrals a group of quirky friends.
Shy, eleven-year-old Lily promised her dad before he passed away that she would try speaking up five times. But now, “Strive for Five” feels impossible, especially as she enters public school for the first time. However, when Lily and her new friends are bullied, she discovers that staying silent is no longer an option.
With snarky commentary from Libro, the actual book, who guides readers through this poignant tale, National Book Award-winning author Kathryn Erskine tackles grief, change, and the struggle to let your voice be heard.
"A well-told tale, with a clear understanding of bullying and empathy for all involved."
Excerpt from Booklist
"Erskine effectively captures Lily’s struggles to find her voice. A touching novel that will leave readers cheering for Lily’s quiet victories."
Excerpt from Publishers Weekly
"Erskine aptly conveys Lily’s inner struggle between her reserved demeanor and her desire to stand up to bullying. The metafiction appearance between chapters of 'Libro,' the voice of the physical book, adds humor and draws attention to the literary craft. Even the quietest readers will cheer."
Excerpt from Kirkus
"This book introduces many mature themes in child-appropriate ways. Erskine explores significant topics, such as the treatment of immigrants in the United States, as well as lighter ones, such as how litter is harmful for dogs ....Narrative chapters alternate with meta-observations of the book itself...curious kids who love books will enjoy joining this welcoming group of friends as they learn about the world we share."
Excerpt from School Library Journal
Fun Facts About LILY'S PROMISE
New Dominion Bookshop, my local indie, chose LILY'S PROMISE as one of its best books of summer!
Thanks to librarian Bob Nuse at the Hopewell branch of Mercer County Public Library in New Jersey for including me in this fun trivia video!
Fantastic podcast review by smart, energetic, 12 year old Ellie! Thanks, Ellie, and I'm very honored that LILY'S PROMISE is in your top ten books of all time!
Thank you, Bookseedstudio for this lovely review of LILY'S PROMISE along with books by fabulous authors Irene Latham and Georgia Heard!
Thanks, Marshal Zeringue for this interview about LILY'S PROMISE!
ALSO, for the fun and clever Page 69 Test -- explain why p. 69 is an apt example of the story and tone.
AND for letting me choose actors to play the roles in LILY'S PROMISE!
See "My Book, the Movie" for my choices!
Thanks to Deborah P for this review on NetGalley! (It's always humbling and heartening when a reviewer seems to understand more about your book than you do.)
Thanks to Deborah Kalb for this interview about LILY'S PROMISE
Here's a lovely review on Barnes & Noble--thank you, dear reader!