This Train Is Being Held (Hardcover)

By Ismee Williams

Harry N. Abrams, 9781419734939, 336pp.

Publication Date: February 11, 2020

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Compact Disc (2/11/2020)
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About the Author

Isme´e Williams is a pediatric cardiologist by day and an accomplished author by night. Her first book with Abrams, Water in May, was released in 2017 to critical acclaim. She lives in New York City.


Praise For This Train Is Being Held

"We root for these young lovers — the self-conscious poet with the killer fastball and the shy ballerina who would take a bullet for those she loves — as they learn to let their guards down and be more honest with each other, and with themselves. When their story rolls into its final stop we’re sad the ride is over but delighted we caught this train.” 

— New York Times

"From beginning to end, told in the course of about a year, this story explores overcoming appearances and prejudices and the ways loving and taking care of yourself and others is a choice as well as a responsibility. . . It's a captivating, classic story about two people who "shouldn't" be together, and readers will be cheering them on until its satisfying conclusion."

— Booklist

"Serious romantics will enjoy this love story set against racism, classism, colorism, and mental health stigma."

— School Library Journal

"YA readers will love This Train is Being Held. . .Touching on racial inequalities and prejudices to mental disorders and a negative family life, this book is extremely up-to-date with today’s society." 

— VOYA Magazine