All We Know of Love (Hardcover)

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All We Know of Love (Hardcover)


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A boldly original tale about a girl who journeys through love and loss to find her mother — and discovers that everyone has a story to tell, including herself.

"I used to think that a person would not know who I was, not really know me, until they heard about my mother."

Four years, four months, and fifteen days ago, Natalie Gordon's mother walked out mid-sentence, before she finished what she was going to say. Now Natalie is traveling twenty-four hours on a bus to Florida to find her mother, to find herself, to find out something about love. Along the way, Natalie struggles to understand her relationship with Adam, a boy she pines for with near-obsession, and to her surprise, she meets people with stories like her own, stories about giving love and getting lost in the desire to be wanted. Acclaimed middle-grade novelist Nora Raleigh Baskin makes her young adult debut with a deeply resonant novel about secrets held and secrets shared, about having the courage to uncover all we know — and don’t know — of love.
Nora Raleigh Baskin is the acclaimed author of several novels for young readers, including Surfacing and All We Know of Love. She lives in Connecticut.
Product Details ISBN: 9780763636234
ISBN-10: 0763636231
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: August 26th, 2008
Pages: 208
Language: English
Teens will wonder at this unusual, fascinating examination of human intersection.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Candid and alluring.
—Publishers Weekly

A well-crafted coming-of-age story.

Natalie encounters a variety of people with whom she briefly interacts, but who leave an impression on her. Their stories are inserted into the narrative as cameos, and she comes to understand that she can be loved for who she is—and not because she was a girl whose mother did not love her enough to stay. A moving coming-of-age story.
—School Library Journal

This sad but ultimately satisfying journey is well written and interspersed with familiar quotations about love. The simple lesson that Natalie begins to learn…that she must love herself first, before anyone else can love her back—is a lesson for all readers to absorb and understand.

Natalie’s navel-gazing is wise, lyrical, and familiar to the point of affirmation; readers will find their own experiences and emotions mirrored and amplified.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

A compelling narrative about the need for understanding and love.
—Confessions of a Bibliovore blog

Nora Raleigh Baskin jumpstarts the drama on page one, propelling the reader through until the very end.

All We Know of Love is an exciting treasure
—ALAN’s Picks

Nora Baskin interviewed on "Writers on Writing"