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"The book's endearing humor smoothes out the more poignant moments, and the unfolding events will keep youngsters totally engaged. ...Though set inside a heavy topic, this novel's gentle storytelling carries a theme of love and emphasizes what is really right in the world."

"O'Connor blends her usual poignancy and insight in another tale set in a small North Carolina town....Speaking with at times heartbreaking honesty, this likable young narrator convincingly articulates her frustration, resentment, and confusion as she comes to her decisions. O'Connor once again smoothly balances challenging themes with her heroine's strength and sense of humor."

"O'Connor writes sensitively about an ordinary girl in unfortunate circumstances, one who's painfully aware of what she's lost and desperate for a return to normalcy....O'Connor knows how to spin a touching story, and reading this novel is its own reward."

FS&G, 2007
Frances Foster Books
Ages 8-12
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