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Reno Native’s YA Fiction Debut Is Heartbreaking Foster Care Story of Trauma and Healing


ST. PAUL, MN, February 14, 2019 – Flux, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE) is excited to announce the March 5, 2019 release of The Quiet You Carry by debut author Nikki Barthelmess. The Quiet You Carry is a young adult contemporary novel about a seventeen-year-old girl determined to graduate high school on time after she is abruptly placed into foster care due to the questionable relationship she has with her father.

Barthelmess’s debut is an #ownvoices  novel as Barthelmess grew up in the Nevada foster care system, and is a graduate of the University of Nevada: Reno. Her work is fiction, but many of the difficult themes explored in the book are partially inspired by circumstances she has experienced or seen in the lives of others growing up in foster care.

Barthelmess is available for interviews and additional book signings and talks. Additional review copies of The Quiet You Carry are available by request.

More about The Quiet You Carry:

Victoria Parker knew her dad’s behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights.

Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams … all while keeping her past hidden.

But some secrets won’t stay buried—especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can’t stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won’t leave you alone?

The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess

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Signings and Appearances

March 7, 2019
Book Signing
Chaucer’s Bookstore
Santa Barbara, CA

March 9, 2019
Book Signing
Skylight Bookstore
Los Angeles, CA

March 12, 2019
Book signing
University of Nevada: Reno Bookstore
Reno, Nevada

March 30, 2019
Book signing and Conversation with editor Kelsy Thompson
Barnes & Noble Grand Teton Mall
Idaho Springs, ID

June 20-25, 2019
Books signing and Panel Participant
American Library Association Annual Conference
Washington, DC

  • YA Author Panel: Tough Topics in YA – June 24, 2019


Reviews and Early Praise

“A positive addition to the sparse YA literature on foster care. This hard-to-put-down novel takes on grim topics unflinchingly but also gives readers hope that honesty and kindness will prevail.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“A thought-provoking story about abuse and the importance of speaking out.” —Foreword Magazine

“This work of fiction, born of a searing moment in the lives of too many young girls, will get under your skin.” —Nikki Grimes, 2017 Winner of the Children’s Literature Legacy Award and author of the bestselling Bronx Masquerade

Barthelmess crafts a stunning story of one girl’s fight against a system and a father, and her triumphant resilience in the face of trauma.” —Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift

“As beautiful as it is heartbreaking, The Quiet You Carry isn’t just about the secret pain we hold inside, but the redemptive power of letting it go.” —Eric Smith, author of The Girl & the Grove 


More about the author
Nikki Barthelmess is a journalist published everywhere from lifestyle blogs to survivalist magazines. She entered foster care in Nevada at twelve, and spent the next six years living in six different towns. During this time, Nikki found solace in books, her journal, and the teachers who encouraged her as a writer. She graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno. Nikki lives in Los Angeles with her husband and her pride-and-joy Corgi pup. Find her online at, on
Twitter @nikkigrey_ and Instagram at nikkibarthelmess.


About Flux and North Star Editions

Flux publishes diverse young adult fiction. North Star Editions, Inc., publishes fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages that inspires, informs, and entertains. For more information, visit or

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(651) 424-4623

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