The Road to After

by Rebekah Lowell

For all of her life, Lacey has been a prisoner without even realizing it. Her dad rarely let her, her little sister, or her mama out of his sight. But their situation changes suddenly and dramatically the day her grandparents arrive to help them leave. It’s the beginning of a different kind of life for Lacey, and at first she has a hard time letting go of her dad’s rules. Gradually though, his hold on her lessens, and her days become filled with choices she’s never had before. Now Lacey can take pleasure in sketching the world as she sees it in her nature journal. And as she spends more time outside making things grow and creating good memories with family and friends, she feels her world opening up and blossoming into something new and exciting.

published by nancy paulsen books
a division of penguin random house

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Rebekah Lowell is an author-illustrator whose curiosity about nature fuels her creativity. Her childhood, filled with wildflowers, finds its way into her work. A mother of two and survivor of domestic abuse, she is passionate about resiliency, freedom, and hope.

Meet The Author

Rebekah Lowell: writer, illustrator, artist

NESCBWI Ruth Landers Glass Scholarship

Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award 

PEN America Writer’s Grant

NESCBWI 4x4 Mentorship

2023 NCTE Notable Novel in Verse

Junior Library Guild 

"Provides much-needed hope with a glimpse of what life can be like on the other side of trauma."

"A moving, age-appropriate, and convincing portrayal of family resilience after trauma."

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