Sarah Guillory


Sarah Guillory’s middle-grade debut, Nowhere Better Than Here, was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, a CBC Best Book of the Year, and was the International Literacy Association’s Intermediate Fiction Winner. It earned starred reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and Booklist. It was also a National Book Festival Pick for Louisiana and is a Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Nominee. Guillory lives and teaches in Louisiana.




9:00 am to 9:45 am
State Library, Second Floor Meeting Room
Out Came the Sun: Middle Grade and Young Adult Climate-Themed Fiction
(Ages 8 and up)
with Carrie Firestone, Sarah Guillory, and Jennifer Mathieu

10:00 am to 10:45 am
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


Nowhere Better Than Here

In a town slowly being destroyed by rising tides, one girl must fight to find a way to keep her community’s spirit from drowning.

For thirteen-year-old Jillian Robichaux, three things are sacred: bayou sunsets, her grandmother Nonnie’s stories, and the coastal Louisiana town of Boutin that she calls home.

When the worst flood in a century hits, Jillian and the rest of her community band together as they always do—but this time the damage may simply be too great. After the local school is padlocked and the bridges into town condemned, Jillian has no choice but to face the reality that she may be losing the only home she’s ever had.

But even when all hope seems lost, Jillian is determined to find a way to keep Boutin and its indomitable spirit alive. With the help of friends new and old, a loveable golden retriever, and Nonnie’s storytelling wisdom, Jillian does just that in this timely and heartfelt story of family, survival, and hope.

In her stunning debut middle grade novel, Sarah Guillory has written a lush story about an indomitable girl fighting against the effects of climate change.


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