Nowhere Better Than Here

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A heartrending middle-grade novel, in the vein of Barbara O'Connor, about a town being slowly destroyed by rising tides, and one girl's determination to keep her community’s spirit alive.

For thirteen-year-old Jillian Robichaux, three things are sacred: bayou sunsets, her grandmother Nonnie’s stories, and the coastal Louisiana town of Boutin that she calls home.

When the worst flood in a century hits, Jillian and the rest of her community band together as they always do, but this time the damage may simply be too great. After the local school is padlocked and the bridges into town condemned, Jillian has no choice but to face the reality that she may be losing the only home she’s ever had.

But even when all hope seems lost, Jillian is determined to find a way to keep Boutin and its indomitable spirit alive. With the help of friends new and old, a loveable golden retriever, and Nonnie’s storytelling wisdom, Jillian does just that in this timely and heartfelt story of family, survival, and hope.

Sarah Guillory has always had a passion for literature. Coming from a family of teachers, she learned to read before she’d even started school and has escaped into fictional worlds ever since. Sarah loves being outside, whether that’s walking her dogs, sitting under a tree with a book, or running countless miles before the sun has even come up. She teaches high school English and lives in Louisiana with her husband.

 "Come for gumbo and jambalaya; stay for the phenomenal hero with a powerful growth story." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A poignant and emotional exploration of a people and place worth preserving." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"Necessity and nostalgia clash in a small Louisiana town, where 13-year-old Jillian Robichaux fears the loss of her enclave and her Cajun identity in this timely story." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"An involving, heartening novel of growth and change." -- Booklist, starred review

"A timely, affecting account of climate change...enhanced by [the protagonist's] Southern charm and emotional depth." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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