Cover image for Valley girls / Sarah Nicole Lemon.
Valley girls / Sarah Nicole Lemon.
Publication Information:
New York : Amulet Books, 2018.
Physical Description:
391 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
General Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 386-387).
When rebellious seventeen-year-old Rilla is sent from West Virginia to stay with her park ranger sister in Yosemite National Park, she risks everything as her summer becomes one ecstatic, harrowing experience after another.


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LEM Book Teen Collection

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When 17-year-old Rilla is busted for partying 24 hours into arriving in Yosemite National Park to live with her park ranger sister, it's a come-to-Jesus moment.

Determined to make up for her screw-up and create a stable new home for herself, Rilla charms her way into a tight-knit group of climbers. But Rilla can't help but be seduced by experiences she couldn't have imagined back home. She sets her sights on climbing El Capitan, one of the most challenging routes in Yosemite, and her summer becomes one harrowing and ecstatic experience after another: first climb, first fall two thousand feet in the air, first love. But becoming the person Rilla feels she was meant to be jeopardizes the reasons why she came to Yosemite--a bright new future and a second chance at sisterhood. When her family and her future are at odds, what will Rilla choose?

Author Notes

Born and raised in the Appalachians, Sarah Nicole Lemon spent the first fifteen years of her life doing nothing but reading and playing outside, and has yet to outgrow either. Writing allows her to do both on a professional level. When not writing, you can find her drinking iced coffee in a half-submerged lawn chair near her home in southern Maryland. She is also the author of Done Dirt Cheap, published in March 2017 by Amulet.