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Happy Book Birthday to AS LONG AS WE’RE TOGETHER!

Congratulations to Brianna Peppins on the release of her sophomore novel, AS LONG AS WE’RE TOGETHER from Scholastic Press today!


A heartstring-tugging, uplifting, modern spin on Party of Five—a love letter to family, hope, and finding strength in unexpected places. Even though she has six siblings, sixteen-year-old Novah still knows what it’s like to feel lonely. Her friends never remember to invite her anywhere because they assume Novah will be too busy overseeing dinner, baths, and homework—tasks that fall to her when her parents are at work. She wouldn’t mind it so much if her “perfect” older sister, Ariana, wasn’t always excused from helping out. She’s the star of the volleyball team, and their parents don’t want anything to jeopardize the scholarships she’ll need to become the first member of their family to attend college.

Needless to say, Novah feels like she’s been given a raw deal, especially when she’s forced to cancel a maybe-date with her crush, Hailee.

Then one terrible night, their parents don’t make it back home. A car accident takes their lives and leaves seven heartbroken kids on their own. The Wilkinson siblings have no grandparents, no aunts or uncles. Since Ariana has just turned eighteen, she manages to convince the judge to give her temporary custody. If she can keep her family running smoothly, they’ll get to stay in their home. If not, they’ll be placed into foster care.

Novah will do whatever it takes to keep her family together but finds herself in a constant power struggle when Ariana refuses to take her advice, even once it becomes clear that they are all in way over their heads. Will Novah find her voice and summon the strength to do the impossible? Or will she be forced to say the hardest goodbyes of all?


“Seven Black siblings try to find their new normal after the sudden deaths of their parents in this emotionally devastating novel by Peppins (Briarcliff Prep)…Peppins crafts a compassionate and complex rendering of a family contending with grief amid myriad interpersonal conflicts that overflows with narrative tension and urgency.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The exploration of the siblings’ various mechanisms for coping with grief is especially poignant. An uplifting story about the power of family.” Kirkus Reviews

Learn more about Brianna online at www.brianna peppins.com and congratulate her on Twitter or Instagram @Lexi_pep.

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