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Gem & Dixie

(2017)
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“A story that broke my heart and put it back together again. You won’t want to let Gem and Dixie go.” —Sarah Dessen, New York Times bestselling author of Saint Anything

From renowned author and National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr comes a deep, nuanced, and gorgeously written story about the complex relationship between two sisters from a broken home.

Gem has never known what it is to have security. She’s never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence.

Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they’ve always had each other.

When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie—on their own in Seattle and beyond.

But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she’s tried so hard to keep.

"A complex and gripping story centered around the relationship of two sisters from a broken home. This book was so meaningful and realistic" (from the Brightly.com review, which named Gem and Dixie one of the best books of 2017).

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"A story that broke my heart and put it back together again. You won't want to let Gem and Dixie go." - Sarah Dessen

"This may be the most powerful sibling story I've ever read. Gem and Dixie's road trip is heartbreaking and honest and beautifully rendered by one of my all-time favorite writers. This is Sara Zarr at her absolute best." - Matt de la Peña

"Packed with Zarr's sharp-eyed, honest observations of human nature, GEM & DIXIE gives us two sisters crushed by the failures of their parents, and asks how bad things need to get before you have to make a change. A road-trip like you've never been on before." - Laura Ruby

"GEM & DIXIE is a beautiful, poignant, and ultimately hopeful story from one of the finest YA authors writing today. An exploration of the complicated love and loyalty between sisters that is at once profoundly moving and unflinchingly real." - Nova Ren Suma


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Hardback Editions

September 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Gem & Dixie (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Sara Zarr
ISBN: 0-606-41425-8 / 978-0-606-41425-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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April 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Gem & Dixie
Author(s): Sara Zarr
ISBN: 0-06-243459-4 / 978-0-06-243459-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

September 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Gem & Dixie
Author(s): Sara Zarr
ISBN: 0-06-243461-6 / 978-0-06-243461-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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Audio Editions

April 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Gem & Dixie Lib/E
Author(s): Sara Zarr
ISBN: 1-5384-1188-1 / 978-1-5384-1188-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
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April 2017 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Gem & Dixie
Author(s): Sara Zarr
ISBN: 1-5384-1189-X / 978-1-5384-1189-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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April 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Gem & Dixie
Author(s): Sara Zarr
ISBN: 1-5384-1187-3 / 978-1-5384-1187-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


April 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Gem & Dixie
Author(s): Sara Zarr
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon   


April 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Gem & Dixie
Author(s): Sara Zarr
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

April 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Gem & Dixie
Author(s): Sara Zarr
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA