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Hold on tight
Gunn, Robin Jones, 1955-
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House, 1998.
Physical Description:
153 pages ; 19 cm.
While on a trip to Southern California with her friends and her brother who is scouting out potential colleges, Sierra realizes that she must soon make some decisions about her life.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.2 6.0 41051.
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As graduation draws near, Sierra's life becomes a roller coaster of decisions as she loops, dips, and swerves through choices about friendship, honesty, and--scariest of all--college.Planning a college-scouting trip to Southern California with a few friends, Sierra hopes to stop at an amusement park on the way back. But word spreads, and now the whole gang wants to go! There's room for only so many people, and Sierra's afraid of hurting those she asks to stay home.During the trip to California, twists and turns keep Sierra off-balance, including a skateboarding accident, a broken-down car, and even a surprise encounter with old friends.But the concerns winding through Sierra's mind are bigger than the twists and turns of any roller coaster. With college fast approaching, Sierra worries how her choices will affect her high school relationships. And should she wait to hear where Paul plans to go to college before making her decision?Nearing the end of the trip, Sierra decides the best way to handle a wild ride is to hold on tight, trust God to keep her on track--and scream for all she's worth.

Author Notes

Robin Jones Gunn grew up in Orange County, California. As a Christian author, her first book was published in 1988 and has since written over 60 books. She has been nominated for various Christian Fiction awards including two Christy awards and a Gold Medallion award. She is on the board of reference for the Christian Writers' Guild.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-Teen girls looking for answers, advice, or just wanting to know if anyone else is going through what they are should check out these books about Sierra Jensen. They have a Christian perspective, but they are not preachy in their presentation. Instead, they give readers opportunity for reflection. In Hold on Tight, Sierra is on a college-scouting trip with a van full of friends and her older brother. She discovers that while she is ready to leave high school, she might not be ready to leave the security of home and family. In Now Picture This, she begins to focus on her relationship with Paul to the exclusion of family and friends. The story addresses the issue of purity in a relationship without sermonizing and touches on how abstinence can also mean being emotionally virtuous. In both titles, the plots are lively, the characters fully developed, and the themes relevant to teens. The author replays enough of past events so that the series entries can be read out of sequence. Even though Sierra and her friends are more mature and articulate than many high school students, teens will identify with them. This series is an offshoot of Gunn's "Christy Miller" series (Bethany).-Pam Hopper Webb, Sandpoint Community Christian School, ID (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.