Compelling Story of Trauma and Healing in New Flux Debut


ST. PAUL, MN – Flux, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE) is excited to announce the March 5, 2019 release of The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess. The Quiet You Carry is a young adult contemporary novel about seventeen-year-old Victoria Parker’s sudden placement into foster care and her struggle to face her traumatic past and salvage her hopes for the future.

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 three a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights. Until a social worker drove her away without allowing her to say goodbye to her stepsister, Sarah.

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 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?

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. The Quiet You Carry is her debut novel. You can find her online on Twitter, Instagram, and her website.


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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