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  1. Exit, Pursued by a Bear
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  2. Exit, Pursued by a Bear

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author E.K. Johnston, comes a brave and unforgettable story that will inspire readers to rethink how we treat survivors

Hermione Winters is captain of her cheerleading team, and in tiny Palermo Heights, this doesn’t mean what you think it means. At PHHS, the cheerleaders don't cheer for the sports teams; they are the sports team—the pride and joy of a small town. The team's summer training camp is Hermione's last and marks the beginning of the end of…she’s not sure what. She does know this season could make her a legend. But during a camp party, someone slips something in her drink. And it all goes black.

In every class, there's a star cheerleader and a pariah pregnant girl. They're never supposed to be the same person. Hermione struggles to regain the control she's always had and faces a wrenching decision about how to move on. The rape wasn't the beginning of Hermione Winter's story and she's not going to let it be the end. She won’t be anyone’s cautionary tale.

A NPR Best Book of 2016
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 
Booklist Best Book of 2016
A New York Public Library 2016 Top Ten Book for Teens
A Chicago Public Library Best Teen Fiction of 2016
Globe & Mail Best Book of 2016 
A CBC Best Book of 2016
Quill & Quire Best Book of 2016
A Bustle Top 30 YA Book of 2016
A Bookish Best Book of 2016
A finalist for Audible’s Best Young Adult Audiobook of 2016

"E.K. Johnston has a seemingly limitless range.... This is realistic fiction at it's best."—The Globe & Mail 

★ "Johnston’s clever—but never precious—update of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale is unflinching but not at all graphic in its treatment of sexual violence.... Middle and high school readers will pass this powerful, engaging story around and around."Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "Fierce and gorgeously drawn, this is a rape story that doesn’t focus on victimhood."Booklist, starred review

 “A beautifully written portrait of a young woman facing the unthinkable, this is a must-buy for high school collections.”SLJstarred review

"Exit, Pursued by a Bear is an important new novel comparable with Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.”—VOYA.

"This story of a cheerleader rising up after a traumatic event will give you Veronica Mars-level feels that will stay with you long after you finish."Seventeen Magazine

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E.K. Johnston’s EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR is a powerful, emotional, tough yet positive story that is exceptionally well-written. It’s not easy reading a story about rape. It’s challenging, difficult, angry-making, heartbreaking. But the author presents it in a way that let’s you see beyond that violent act and get to know her character, connect with her, see her for who she is and was and not just as a victim. It is a moving and engaging story that, while it puts you through the ringer, allows you to feel hope.

Hermione is strong, but not unrealistically so. She has a great support structure in her parents, her friends, her coach, the police officer assigned to her case, her therapist, yet not one that feels as if she’s too fortunate to have it. She refuses to be labeled as a victim, act like one, or be treated like one. But she’s not afraid to rely on her supports to help her through the day-to-day.

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This book is a heartbreaking example of perfection.

What makes it clearly so is the character development. Each character is exquisitely crafted and impacts the story in an exact and satisfying way. I love so many...the therapist, the cheerleading coach, the parents, the nurses....

Hermione is brave in the least patronizing way you can imagine. She's a rape victim that refuses to mold to the stereotypes of victims often depicted in literature, especially YA literature.

She's firm and frustrated and forthcoming and confused. She's real and she drew me in from her first word.

Even more triumphant than Hermione is her best friend Polly, who is flawless and fierce and you'll want to know her.

I love this book because it's everything other stories try to be. It's not a political statement. It's not very dramatic.

It's just the terrible of real life, told beautifully.
SO powerful. So beautiful. So intense. I enjoyed the character dynamics in the opening, but then from the moment the crisis hit (about 50 pages in), I suddenly COULD NOT STOP READING from then until the end of the book.

I love the heroine, Hermione, so much. I love her wonderful friends and family and support system so much. I cheered for her SO fiercely. And this book made me care desperately about cheerleading, too! Hermione is an intensely committed athlete, and I was ALL in as she fought to win and NOT be defined by what had happened to her.

I can't remember the last time any book made me cry so much, but it was fiercely - FIERCELY - uplifting, too.

I'm so glad I read it.
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