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Starred Review from Voya said: “This is a heartwarming, engaging story perfect for discussion or just pure entertainment. This is definitely needed in public libraries and will most likely circulate well in school media centers as well. Buy this book for readers to find their inner strength and independence and ultimately remember to trust.”


Publishers Weekly said: “Colorful characters both help and hinder the sisters on a journey that leads Liberty closer to a true home as well as a truer understanding of herself, human vulnerability, and love. White’s story will stay with readers…a gripping debut.”


Kirkus Review said: ” Liberty’s view of the people they encounter will encourage readers to share her fears. The desert with its searing heat, stony sand, and venomous inhabitants provides an appropriate setting. Using imagery from the natural world, Liberty describes their journey, fueled by junk food and her fears. It’s not until the end that she realizes that some of these scary people were wishing her well.”


School Library Journal said:  “…a satisfying picaresque escapade.”


“Liberty and Billie are lost-and-found sisters whose heartful journey through the pages of Jen White’s story gives us all the strategies to stay shiny and golden forever. Read this story and find your own pod of Star Wars Kids and Tattooed Men and Pirate Doctors.  Be brave. Be true. Don’t fake it.” –Kathi Appelt, author of The Underneath, a National Book Award Finalist and Newbery Honor Book.


“Told with warmth, humor and most importantly love, White creates an exceptional story full of adventure, humor and poignancy.” –Carrie Jones, New York Times-bestselling author of Need and Captivate


“Sisters Liberty and Billie charged from the pages of SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE straight into my heart. In turn I wanted to hug the girls, shake them and, of course, bring them home. Jen White’s fresh, authentic voice made me forget I was reading and believe I was eavesdropping on real elementary school kids. This book is a must read.” –Tami Lewis Brown, author of The Map of Me


This book is the kind of book I longed for as a kid: intrepid kids in a heart-breaking situation who make their way home via a cross-country road trip. The characters are smart, tenacious, and endearingly flawed. Part adventure story, part grief novel, Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave, but best of all, it is a sister story at heart.” –Bookseller blurb for Indie Next, Erin Barker, Hooray For Books in Alexandria, Virginia.


“Just finished Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave. Thank you so much for sharing the book with me. I absolutely love, love, love it …pitch perfect! Simply GOLDEN. I can’t wait for the pub date… Great job!” –Alex Uhl, owner of A Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe in Irvine, CA